Want to have an "expert view" on Ethical Hacking? Read on. Dr Natalie Coull who teaches Ethical Hacking and Computer Security at University of Abertay, Dundee discusses below the popularity of the subject among students, career options and funding opportunities.
Q. What are the main objectives of this course?
A:The course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the issues of computer security, equip them with the skills necessary to conduct and ethical hack or penetration test, and suggest improvements and countermeasures to any weaknesses or vulnerabilities. From forensic computing to network security, the course covers a wide range of subjects. Within these, students will learn about web hacking, password cracking, malware analysis, port scanning, buffer overflows and much more. They will also learn how to report security problems and to make sure they are working within the law! Students also conduct projects with biometric systems and discuss ethics of recent hacking cases that have been reported in the media.
Q. Is this a popular course amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on this course?
A: The course is very popular with overseas students and we have a growing demand from Indian students for this subject area.
Q. What qualities do you think students need in order to succeed on this course?
A: Students need to be motivated to succeed at post-graduate level and demonstrate an ability to work independently to further their knowledge. Students should be passionate about technology and eager to develop a deep understanding of aspects of computer systems that relate to security. Our students enjoy problem solving and have strong analytical skills.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enrol?
A: Applicants who are considering applying for this course should have a minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in the field of Computing. The course is designed for students whose degree comprises a significant component of software development or networking. Applicants who do not cover the appropriate subjects during their degree will be considered if they have relevant industry experience. This would normally be a minimum of two years experience of working in the area of software development or networking in either a promoted post or with a significant level of responsibility.
Q. What career options are open to Indian graduates from this course?
A: The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as meeting the educational requirement for CITP Further Learning and partially meeting the educational requirement for CEng/CSci registration. There is an emerging job market for ethical hackers as companies become increasingly aware of security risks. Some large organisations employ security testers and others use contractors to audit their systems. Graduates can set up their own companies offering ethical hacking services. Graduates from this programme will also be able to use their existing knowledge of programming, databases, networks or web development to find employment in these fields with a deep understanding of security issues.
Q. How does the course prepare students for the professional world and/or further study?
A: Our courses support students in developing critical thinking skills and enable them to evaluate related research and recognize its significance to their own topic. In the rapidly evolving field of computing and security, it is imperative that students have the ability to continuously expand their knowledge, based on their critique of relevant research. This enables our graduates to shape their skills and knowledge in the workplace and ensures they are a valuable asset to their employer.
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A: Please visit http://abertay.ac.uk/applying/overseas/scholarships/