With the new developments in technology and the increasing sophistication of cyber criminals, cyber security has become one of the most important areas of education system throughout the world. Organizations and governments are taking major steps to tackle cyber attacks by malicious parties.
However, IT industry analysts say, there is a massive shortfall in skilled people to handle the situation. Global analysts are estimating that there will be over one million cyber security job openings over the next few years, given the seriousness of the issue.
In this backdrop, Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), a pioneer in British higher education in Sri Lanka,has launched Sri Lanka’s first Cyber Security and Forensics Master’s programme from the University of Westminster, UK.
Dean of IIT, Naomi Krishnarajah said, “In today’s high-tech world, computers play a vital role in all aspects of our daily lives. Numerous industries and institutions – from hospitals, banks, power plants, telecommunication companies and many more – rely heavily on them for virtually every aspect of their operations.
“Unfortunately, while the world is becoming increasingly inter-connected, there is not enough attention paid to the security aspects and therefore computer systems and the huge volumes of data on them are vulnerable to attacks by malicious parties.
“Therefore, the need for improved computer security has never been greater and will only continue to increase into the future. We are introducing this Master’s program to increase the number of skilled professionals in the country to cope with this fast-changing field of IT,” she said.
Students following the two-year part time course will gain insights into the nature of the security threats faced by today’s computer systems, the type of information that is stored on digital devices and how digital evidences can be traced and extracted from them.
The course offers students the chance to learn about a variety of tools available today which include forensic tools. It will also look into the analysis of professional and ethical issues relating to computer security and forensics, and the development of related professional competencies, such as report writing and presenting evidence in a court of law.
The course is structured in a way where all students cover five core modules and choose a specialisation in Cyber Security or Digital Forensics.
The core modules include Cyber Security Evidence and Procedure, Fundamentals of Security Technology, Internet Security, Research Methods and Professional Practice.
Cyber Security focuses on analysis and assessment of risk plus how to minimise it. Digital Forensics addresses how to extract and use digital information from a wide range of systems and devices to detect crimes.