Course Description

Systems and Software Security



This Masters programme is a two semester taught programme in Computing which focuses on topics applicable to Systems and Software Security. This is followed by a placement and then a dissertation. The dissertation will offer the student the opportunity to apply a range of topics covered in the taught part of the programme to demonstrate an extended knowledge and ability in that area. The dissertation will normally be completed over one to two semesters. From an industry point of view, this programme was developed in partnership with the IT industry and with Pramerica in particular.

The objective of developing the course is to ensure a supply of highly-skilled and experienced graduates for key employers locally and throughout Ireland. The existence of the course and the placement reflects the commitment of employers to this field of expertise.

Graduates from this course can expect to find attractive employment opportunities locally and nationally as there is a huge shortage of IT security graduates.

CollegeLetterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT)
Course LocationLetterkenny, Donegal, Ireland
Course CategoryIT Security, IT & Computers
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyQQI
Course FeeEU - €5,000 NON EU - €9,000
Course Duration1 year full-time or 2 to 3 years part-time
Entry RequirementsAn Honours Degree in Computing with first or second-class honours or an equivalent qualification. A level-8 conversion style Higher Diploma in Computing with Merit 2 or higher. The course should have included a significant programming component, preferably an OO language such as Java. Non-computing graduates with first or second-class honours who have completed a significant element of computing as part of their studies, including a significant element of IT including operating systems, data communications and programming will also be considered. Admission to this course will be by standard LYIT application procedure for alevel 9 course.
Carear PathWorldwide there are about 1.5 million people working as computer security professionals and employment in this area is growing at approximately 9% per year and industry projections are that this rate of growth will continue or improve in the future. Typical employers in the computer security field include: Companies running enterprise computer networks; The payment card industry; Companies involved in e-commerce; Financial services companies; Academic institutions; Government departments; Internet service providers. Each of these service providers have distinct security needs which require different solutions to meet their needs. Thus graduates in this field require specialist knowledge of the differing security needs of different types of businesses, the primary technical solutions available to meet these needs, the primary methods of attack on computer systems, how to plan for such attacks both in terms of defense and damage control, how to detect intruders and how to gather evidence to identify the intruders, track their actions and present evidence detailing their activities.
Phone074 918 6304
Course CodeLY_KSSCT_M
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