Cyber Security and Management (CSM)
The MSc in Cyber Security and Management is designed for those wishing to develop a career as a cyber security professional, or to take a leading technical or managerial role in an organisation critically dependent upon data and information communication technology. It is suitable for those from a computer science or information technology education background or courses with a significant component of either. Work experience will also be considered.
Delivering effective cyber security in a global business environment
In 2010, the UK government announced a 650 million pound investment strategy into Cyber Security & declared that Cyber-Security had become a ‘tier 1’ priority alongside international terrorism and major national incidents. The UK is one of many governments around the world which recognize the serious nature of the threat that is emerging from the cyber-sphere.
Our goal for the MSc programme is to give focus to the strategic deployment and implementation of Cyber Security within an organization. We want to develop strategic thinkers who understand the Cyber threat to an organization and its resources and are able to build and support secure systems that support the strategic growth of a business. The course covers all aspects of Cyber Security including network security, computer security and information security. The Masters course covers the most important technical concepts of security—such as encryption, intrusion detection, penetration testing, access control, digital forensics/investigation, risk management, security governance and network security/computer security. Alongside this, the course focuses on the business context so that students can progress their careers more rapidly through organisations and aim very particularly at management positions.
A Masters course uniquely embedded in industry
When you study the MSc Cyber Security and Management at WMG, Warwick, you will gain an exposure to industry that is unparalleled in many HEIs. All the cyber security modules contain a considerable input from industry, for instance in the academic year 2012-2013 alone, we had the following companies giving guest lectures to our students: HP, Amethyst Consulting, Deep Secure Ltd, Siskin Technolgy, SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency), CSC, VMware, OCSIA, Nottingham Police, Mozilla, Metropolitan Police, Kaspersky, Berwin Leighton Paisner, LW Risk Associates, Telefonica, IBM, Garren James Associates, Blackstage Forensics, Derbyshire NHS Trust and Nettitude.*
But this is just one way in which students on the course engage with industry. Further to this, you will have opportunities to visit and present at conferences, participate in specialist industrial trips and even receive mentoring/advice from industry in key stages of your work.
Cyber Security Research Network
Cyber Security now encompasses every aspect of business, social and government life and can no longer be treated as a subject area that is isolated solely to the domain of Information Technology. The E-Security Team is a core member of the Cyber Security Research Network which encompasses cyber security specialist knowledge from across a range of disciplines including secret intelligence and security, Cognitive Neural Systems, Computer Science, Security and Cryptography, Quantum Information Processing, multi-agent systems, distributed artificial intelligence, image forensics, risk management and security governance, politics philosophy and cyber ethics, social network analysis, digital forensics and numerous other technologies and disciplines.
Students will be required to select 10 taught modules as part of the programme of study. The Cyber Security Modules listed below are a compulsory component of the programme. Three modules from the list of Management modules should be chosen in addition. The final two modules can be selected from the full list of WMG elective modules.
You may be able to choose one elective from the list of elective modules. If you gain exemption from some of the compulsory modules because of prior experience or qualifications, then you may be able to choose more electives.
Students will have the opportunity to pursue projects in collaboration with industry in areas spanning both cyber security technologies and management issues. These might include risk management, security policy design, enterprise security cultures, digital investigation, incident response, intrusion detection, security architectures, cloud exploitation and procurement strategies, data forensics, privacy, social media, and security testing.
The taught component of the course is a mixture of traditional lectured material, syndicate/group work, large scale delivery, practical work, online learning and forum activities. Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.
Industrial visits are available to all students and the course is assessed through assignments.
Each module will usually last one week.
After You Graduate
Graduates can expect to go on to work within corporate information - security and technology teams, consultancies, government information-security departments, management tracks in information critical organisations and cyber security related research.
If you have questions about this course, you can contact the Admissions Office: firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)24 7657 4470
*Note, this is a small sample of the number of companies that lectured on the course in 2012-2013.
NB. The Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick offers an MSc in Computer Science and Applications. If your interest lies in agent-based systems, multimedia processing, algorithmic game theory and other aspects of high performance computing please contact the Department of Computer Science.
"You discover things for yourself and learn to work collaboratively with others who bring new outlooks and opinions. This is wholly relevant to today’s workplace, and I find myself applying what I learned constantly in my job."
MSc Cyber Security & Management, 2010/11
5th October 2015
One year, full time
Online (£35 application fee)
Bachelor 2:2 (Hons) or equivalent
IELTS 6.5 (or IELTS 6.0 + pre-sessional)
31st August 2015