Bachelor of Science in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics
CAO Code: LY737
LYIT internal code: LY_KCSDF_D
Standard Code Places: 36
National Framework Level: 7
Award Type: Major
Awarding Body: LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
Is this Programme for Me?
Did you know that if your PC has a broadband connection it is being probed by unauthorised users many times a day? Did you that your computer is quite possibly a "zombie" machine awaiting activation for some nefarious purpose? Or that deleting files and history logs on your machine is a very poor way to hide your tracks, and that a trained forensics professional can easily recover this data? Or that identity theft is no longer just in the realms of science fiction?
Computer Security is about securing computer systems against all types of unauthorised access. However, no matter how secure a computer systems is it will still have vulnerabilities. Digital Forensics is about detecting intruders, analysing what they have done to your computer system, tracking and identifying the intruder and creating a portfolio of evidence about the intruders activities to assist with a successful prosecution. This course teaches the student the skills, methods and techniques used in Computer Security and Digital Forensics. Our purpose is to provide the Irish computer industry with high quality experts in this rapidly growing field of computing.
Our aim is to provide the Irish computer industry with high quality experts in this rapidly growing field of computing.
For a description of a degree in computer security and digital forensics see the following YouTube video: BSc Computer Forensics & Security - University of Derby This video describes a BSc course at the University of Derby, but (except for the reference to the placement year) it gives a pretty good overview of our computer security and digital forensics BSc. Also see Scams, spam, spies and me for an insight into the job of a person working in the computer security industry.
Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
Grade D3 or higher in at least five ordinary level subjects at Leaving Certificate, including Mathematics and either.
- FETAC applicants check FETAC
- Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
- Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, check Part-time Study
The B.Sc. is a three year taught programme in computing, which focuses on core computing skills plus topics applicable to the computer security and digital forensics. Its aim is to provide students who participate in it with the range of both theoretical and practical skills required for them to participate fully in a strong and vibrant computing industry with a particular emphasis on computer security and digital forensics. In addition, graduates from this course will be able to do a planned one-year add-on Honours BSc in Computer Security and Digital Forensics.
Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
Progression to a one-year programme leading to a Level 8 Honours BSc in Computer Security and Digital Forensics is available internally at LYIT.
On completion of this programme graduates may go on to study for their MSc/PhD at other ITs and Universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to the second cycle (i.e. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. It is projected that students who enter third level colleges this year are likely to find there are more professional computing jobs available when they graduate than there are computing graduates to fill them.
During the past decade, Ireland has gained increasing recognition as Europe’s premier location for software development. Since the 1980s, most leading US software vendors, including Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook and Symantec, have based their European operations centres in Ireland. The country has also become the number one site for software development in Europe. All the big players such as Microsoft, Google, Ebay, Symantec and Amazon are now based in Ireland.
Alongside the big international players Ireland also has a thriving software development industry that has been created in Ireland by Irish computer graduates. It comprises of over 600 companies, about 250 of which have significant levels of overseas sales. Ireland has now overtaken the USA as the biggest exporter of software in the world. 60% of all software sold in Europe originates in Ireland.
In addition to the national demand for computing graduates, there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as Pramerica which is based in Letterkenny, Northbrook which has operations in Derry and Strabane and SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and has recently announced a major jobs expansion.
Worldwide 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 has distinct security needs which require different solutions to meet their needs.
Thus, graduates in this field require not only a technical background in general computing but also 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.