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Master of Science in Information Security

Course Code: CR_KINSE_9 Delivery: Part-time, Online Duration:  4 Semesters (18 months) 2017 Timetable and Schedule Hosting Academic Department: Computing





Vincent Ryan

This programme is available online only. All classes are delivered over the Internet and all practical work is completed using CIT’s cloud infrastructure. Lectures are delivered using Adobe Connect and labs are available 24/7 using CIT’s world-class private cloud environment. Our current online students are based in Ireland, the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South America and the USA.

Information security can be defined as the protection of information and information systems from unauthorised access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction in order to provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

Today, Information Security is becoming a function of increasing importance for the continued operation of commercial entities. The increasing level of interconnectedness of information networks and the reliance of business models on this interconnectedness has resulted in a network currently (the Internet) that has over a yottabyte of information stored, much of which is unsecured. This continuing trend is predicted to strongly increase the importance of Information Security within most multinational entities.

This programme aims to fill the ever increasing skills gap in this area and delivers material that follows the most current practice. Upon successful completion of this programme the student will both understand and deploy the most advanced methods to protect information at rest, in transit, and at work.

Students may study the MSc in Information & Security in two stages and on successful completion will be awarded the following:

Stage 1: Postgraduate Diploma in Information Security (60 ECTS, Stage 1 fee: €6,000)

On successful completion of Stage 1, students may proceed to:
Stage 2: Master of Science in Information Security (30 ECTS. Stage 2 fee: €3,000).

Duration and Delivery:
The MSc in Information Security part-time offering is taught fully online and is designed specifically for computing professionals working in the IT industry. The modules are assessed by online continuous assessment. The programme is hands-on in nature and provides the learner with detailed working knowledge of the tools used in the field of Information Security. Online lectures are delivered to students 2 evenings per week. Lectures are streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback for learners.


Admission Requirements:
Entry to the MSc in Information Security will require a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree in Computing or in a cognate discipline. Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 degree but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis


The course modules are listed below. All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted. For detailed module information please click here.

Mandatory Modules:   Electives:  
Incident Response and Digital Forensics (10 ECTS) Networking Security & Forensics (10 ECTS) Cloud Security Threat Intelligence
Security Management and Law (10 ECTS) Scripting for System Administrators Data Analytics Software Security
Applied Cryptography Information Security Research Project (30 ECTS) Malware Investigations Free Choice Module
Web Application and Network Penetration Testing (10 ECTS)   Malware Reverse Engineering  


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