MSc Computer Science (Cyber Security) - Unicert College

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Lead the fight against Cyber ​​Crime! Go ahead and become the security expert today, as the job market awaits you.

MSc Computer Science (Cyber ​​Security) will equip you with all the knowledge and skills you need to become a cyber security professional and digital forensics specialist  – in  intercepting, collecting, analysing and reporting the events in cyberspace and digital media.

Cyber ​​Security professionals are in high demand, as there is a need to protect against, malware, viruses, spyware and other unwanted programs, data breach, as well as the requirement to implement high security protocols that make networks impenetrable to any malicious attack. The program focuses on continuous professional development and training, creating a strong professional and practical background.

Why choose MSc Computer Science (Cyber Security)?

Who can apply for MSc Computer Science (Cyber Security)?

Applicants should have:

  • Degree from a Greek (Ptychio with grade greater than 6.5) or a recognized Foreign University (with grade 2.2 or above from a UK University or the international equivalent) in the field of Informatics (Computer Science, Computer Networks, Computer / Software Engineering), or similar.

  • Degree from a Greek (Ptychio with grade greater than 6.5) or recognized Foreign University in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics – with grade 2.2 or above from a UK University or the international equivalent) and appropriate professional experience-certifications in Informatics.

  • Holders of IELTS with a total grade of 6.0 (with a minimum grade of 5.5 in Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening), either Pearson’s with a total grade of 51 (with a minimum grade of 51 in Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening), or any other equivalent certification in the English language (https://www.staffs.ac.uk/international/your-application-journey/english-language-requirements).

What are the Programme's features?

The MSc Computer Science (Cyber ​​Security) curriculum offers, not only a thorough understanding of the tools and techniques involved in cyber security and digital forensics, but also specialization in specific areas at each stage of the program.  The courses will give you a comprehensive knowledge of cyber security, cybercrime analysis, penetration testing, mobile forensics, and digital forensics in general.

Your studies will be completed with the elaboration of your dissertation.

The detailed timetable is delivered before the beginning of each semester.

Module CodeModulesCredits
COCS71192Mobile Forensics15
COCS70704Digital Forensic Fundamentals15
COCS71153Cyber Operations15
COCS71152Operating System Security15
COIS71040Research Methods15
COCS71193Cybercrime Forensic Analysis15
COCS71196Professional Secure Networks15
COCS71151Penetration Testing15
COIS71052Dissertation60
Potential AwardsCredits
Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science (Cyber Security) 60
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science (Cyber Security)120
Master of Science in Computer Science (Cyber Security)180

 

Dr. Panagiotis Perakis

Head of the School of Computing and Course Leader of the MSc Computer Science programmes

Dr. Panagiotis Perakis is the Head of the School of Computing and Course Leader of the MSc Computer Science programmes. He received his BSc degree in Physics, his MSc degree in Information and Communication Technologies and his PhD in Informatics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece. After many years in the Information Technology business, as a software engineer, CTO and entrepreneur, he made a shift to his career for the academia. He has been actively involved in various EU funded research projects and worked as a research and teaching associate at the Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), as well as a research associate at the Dept. of Computer and Information Science of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His research interests include computer graphics, computer vision, image processing, pattern recognition, machine intelligence and physics-based modelling and simulation. He has a strong publication record in top scientific journals and conference proceedings. He serves as a scientific journal reviewer and as a research and innovation assessor of the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GGET). He is a member of the Hellenic Physical Society, since 1987 and, of the IEEE Computer Society, since 2011.

 

Panagiotis Galiotos

Panagiotis Galiotos is currently working as a Security Engineer for EMPIST, concentrating on the areas of Cybersecurity, Firewalls and IDSs. He completed his undergraduate studies at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and his M.Sc. Studies at the Electrical Engineering department of the University of Southern California (USC), where he was given a scholarship. He is currently a Ph.D. Student at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Patras. He has worked for Intracom SA and for the Information Science Institute (ISI) at the Marina Del Ray, in California. He has also worked as a technical consultant for several IT projects for the Greek Ministry of Interior and as a VoIP Engineer for Viva Telecom. Furthermore he has participated in a number of Research Project funded by the European Union, by the Greek Ministry of Development and by the National Science Foundation of the United States (NSF). His research interests include the behavioral based Intrusion Detection Systems and the cross-layer schemes for multimedia transmission over wireless networks. He has several international conference publications. He was a Teaching Assistant at USC. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) and of the Honor Society for Engineers HKN.

 

Michail Dagiakidis

Qualified Electrical Engineer by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and DEA of the Paris 6 University. He worked for ALCATEL and SAGEM as telecommunications R&D engineer. With his return in Greece he has been involved in the design and support of nationwide information systems. At the same time, he is an active instructor, with specialization in Data Networking and Telecommunications. He is a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor. He is being involved in the design of IT training programmes and in the production of study material.

 

Dr. Dimitrios Patsos

Dr. Dimitrios Patsos has 20 years of experience in risk management and information security, having managed multiple large-scale projects in more than 30 EMEA countries. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Security from the University of Piraeus, an M.Sc. from Royal Holloway University of London, a B.Sc. from the Athens University of Economics and Business, and multiple professional certifications (such as the CISSP, CISM, CDPSE, CCSK, and others). His research interest lies in the areas of incident response, topological vulnerability analysis, digital forensics as well as formal policies and grammars for information security, and he has published multiple articles for international research journals (Elsevier, Emerald, etc.) and conference proceedings (IEEE, PCI, etc.), receiving awards of excellence for his contribution in the research field. He is currently the Director of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance Unit at Syntax IT Group, while he has also served as the CTO Cyber Security at ADACOM S.A., as the Information Security Manager at Space Hellas, and as a Researcher at the University of Piraeus. He is the President of the (ISC)2 Hellenic Chapter, supporting information security professionals throughout their careers, and he is a member of the (ISC)2, ISACA, the Cloud Security Alliance, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Homo Digitalis.

 

Dr. Ioannis A. Pikrammenos

Ioannis A. Pikrammenos, Dr. Eng., MBA, has graduated Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology Dept. at Patras University, Greece, and has acquired his Doctoral degree as well as MBA from National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has extensive participation in 25 EU and 5 national research projects in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). His research activities have resulted in 12 contributions to books and technical documents, 14 scientific publications, as well as 11 participations into scientific events. He has participated in 15 national decision bodies and in 5 initiatives as evaluator of proposals for funding from national and European bodies.  He has extensive experience in academic teaching, professional training, and distance learning, with more than 10.000 teaching hours in EQF 5,6 and 7 levels.

 

Nikos Pissanidis

Nikos Pissanidis is an IT specialist with over 15 years of professional experience in designing and building large-scale information systems with expertise in J2EE and SOA technologies.During his career he has been involved, from various positions, in a number of ICT projects and Cyber security positions. Proficient in the field of S.O.C. managing, Web penetration testing, ISO 27001:2013 Internal Auditing, Network and Software Security Consulting and Cyber Defense Evaluator in NATO. He had the privilege for three years 2014-17 to serve as the first Greek Army Officer in NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE), Tallinn (Estonia) at the Technical Branch. He is active ambassador in Security BSides Athens conference leveraging his experience as Technical Track Manager (2014-2017) in International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon, hosted by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence.

 

Sotirios P. Chronopoulos

Sotirios P. Chronopoulos is Deputy IT Manager at Duty Free Shops with headquarters in Athens International Airport. He is a Senior Lecturer with 10 years of experience in the areas of procedural and object-oriented programming (C, C++, C#, Java). He holds MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), MBA in Networks from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and BSc in Applied Informatics from AUEB. He has developed techno-economic telecommunication models, programming applications and business projects in the scientific and professional sector. His research interests lie in the fields of Systems & Compilers Programming, Software Engineering & IT Projects Management as well as Business Intelligence with Enterprise Resource Management Systems.

 

Panos Tsesmetzis

Panos Tsesmetzis holds an MSc Degree in Digital Systems Security from University of Piraeus (UNIPI) Athens. He has professional experience in systems and network administration and has been involved in ICT systems engineering and security hardening for over a decade. He is proficient in SOC Analysis and Incident Response with on the field experience. As an active ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor, he has an extensive audit record and consulting work in information security management systems (ISMS). He has been teaching cyber security classes in the Software Developers School of the Hellenic Army General Staff since 2015.

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you will:

  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment, called UC Class. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We will also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You will have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it is important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

If you are offered a place at UNICERT College, your offer will be subject to Staffordshire University’s rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

As your course is awarded by Staffordshire University, you will be subject to policies and regulations of each institution.  Staffordshire University’s key policies and regulations can be found at http://www.staffs.ac.uk/legal/policies.

The MSc Computer Science (Cyber ​​Security) curriculum offers, not only a thorough understanding of the tools and techniques involved in cyber security and digital forensics, but also specialization in specific areas at each stage of the program.  The courses will give you a comprehensive knowledge of cyber security, cybercrime analysis, penetration testing, mobile forensics, and digital forensics in general.

Your studies will be completed with the elaboration of your dissertation.

The detailed timetable is delivered before the beginning of each semester.

Module CodeModulesCredits
COCS71192Mobile Forensics15
COCS70704Digital Forensic Fundamentals15
COCS71153Cyber Operations15
COCS71152Operating System Security15
COIS71040Research Methods15
COCS71193Cybercrime Forensic Analysis15
COCS71196Professional Secure Networks15
COCS71151Penetration Testing15
COIS71052Dissertation60
Potential AwardsCredits
Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science (Cyber Security) 60
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science (Cyber Security)120
Master of Science in Computer Science (Cyber Security)180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Panagiotis Perakis

Head of the School of Computing and Course Leader of the MSc Computer Science programmes

Dr. Panagiotis Perakis is the Head of the School of Computing and Course Leader of the MSc Computer Science programmes. He received his BSc degree in Physics, his MSc degree in Information and Communication Technologies and his PhD in Informatics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece. After many years in the Information Technology business, as a software engineer, CTO and entrepreneur, he made a shift to his career for the academia. He has been actively involved in various EU funded research projects and worked as a research and teaching associate at the Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), as well as a research associate at the Dept. of Computer and Information Science of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His research interests include computer graphics, computer vision, image processing, pattern recognition, machine intelligence and physics-based modelling and simulation. He has a strong publication record in top scientific journals and conference proceedings. He serves as a scientific journal reviewer and as a research and innovation assessor of the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GGET). He is a member of the Hellenic Physical Society, since 1987 and, of the IEEE Computer Society, since 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panagiotis Galiotos

Panagiotis Galiotos is currently working as a Security Engineer for EMPIST, concentrating on the areas of Cybersecurity, Firewalls and IDSs. He completed his undergraduate studies at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and his M.Sc. Studies at the Electrical Engineering department of the University of Southern California (USC), where he was given a scholarship. He is currently a Ph.D. Student at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Patras. He has worked for Intracom SA and for the Information Science Institute (ISI) at the Marina Del Ray, in California. He has also worked as a technical consultant for several IT projects for the Greek Ministry of Interior and as a VoIP Engineer for Viva Telecom. Furthermore he has participated in a number of Research Project funded by the European Union, by the Greek Ministry of Development and by the National Science Foundation of the United States (NSF). His research interests include the behavioral based Intrusion Detection Systems and the cross-layer schemes for multimedia transmission over wireless networks. He has several international conference publications. He was a Teaching Assistant at USC. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) and of the Honor Society for Engineers HKN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michail Dagiakidis

Qualified Electrical Engineer by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and DEA of the Paris 6 University. He worked for ALCATEL and SAGEM as telecommunications R&D engineer. With his return in Greece he has been involved in the design and support of nationwide information systems. At the same time, he is an active instructor, with specialization in Data Networking and Telecommunications. He is a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor. He is being involved in the design of IT training programmes and in the production of study material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Dimitrios Patsos

Dr. Dimitrios Patsos has 20 years of experience in risk management and information security, having managed multiple large-scale projects in more than 30 EMEA countries. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Security from the University of Piraeus, an M.Sc. from Royal Holloway University of London, a B.Sc. from the Athens University of Economics and Business, and multiple professional certifications (such as the CISSP, CISM, CDPSE, CCSK, and others). His research interest lies in the areas of incident response, topological vulnerability analysis, digital forensics as well as formal policies and grammars for information security, and he has published multiple articles for international research journals (Elsevier, Emerald, etc.) and conference proceedings (IEEE, PCI, etc.), receiving awards of excellence for his contribution in the research field. He is currently the Director of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance Unit at Syntax IT Group, while he has also served as the CTO Cyber Security at ADACOM S.A., as the Information Security Manager at Space Hellas, and as a Researcher at the University of Piraeus. He is the President of the (ISC)2 Hellenic Chapter, supporting information security professionals throughout their careers, and he is a member of the (ISC)2, ISACA, the Cloud Security Alliance, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Homo Digitalis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ioannis A. Pikrammenos

Ioannis A. Pikrammenos, Dr. Eng., MBA, has graduated Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology Dept. at Patras University, Greece, and has acquired his Doctoral degree as well as MBA from National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has extensive participation in 25 EU and 5 national research projects in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). His research activities have resulted in 12 contributions to books and technical documents, 14 scientific publications, as well as 11 participations into scientific events. He has participated in 15 national decision bodies and in 5 initiatives as evaluator of proposals for funding from national and European bodies.  He has extensive experience in academic teaching, professional training, and distance learning, with more than 10.000 teaching hours in EQF 5,6 and 7 levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikos Pissanidis

Nikos Pissanidis is an IT specialist with over 15 years of professional experience in designing and building large-scale information systems with expertise in J2EE and SOA technologies.During his career he has been involved, from various positions, in a number of ICT projects and Cyber security positions. Proficient in the field of S.O.C. managing, Web penetration testing, ISO 27001:2013 Internal Auditing, Network and Software Security Consulting and Cyber Defense Evaluator in NATO. He had the privilege for three years 2014-17 to serve as the first Greek Army Officer in NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE), Tallinn (Estonia) at the Technical Branch. He is active ambassador in Security BSides Athens conference leveraging his experience as Technical Track Manager (2014-2017) in International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon, hosted by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sotirios P. Chronopoulos

Sotirios P. Chronopoulos is Deputy IT Manager at Duty Free Shops with headquarters in Athens International Airport. He is a Senior Lecturer with 10 years of experience in the areas of procedural and object-oriented programming (C, C++, C#, Java). He holds MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), MBA in Networks from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and BSc in Applied Informatics from AUEB. He has developed techno-economic telecommunication models, programming applications and business projects in the scientific and professional sector. His research interests lie in the fields of Systems & Compilers Programming, Software Engineering & IT Projects Management as well as Business Intelligence with Enterprise Resource Management Systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panos Tsesmetzis

Panos Tsesmetzis holds an MSc Degree in Digital Systems Security from University of Piraeus (UNIPI) Athens. He has professional experience in systems and network administration and has been involved in ICT systems engineering and security hardening for over a decade. He is proficient in SOC Analysis and Incident Response with on the field experience. As an active ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor, he has an extensive audit record and consulting work in information security management systems (ISMS). He has been teaching cyber security classes in the Software Developers School of the Hellenic Army General Staff since 2015.

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you will:

  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment, called UC Class. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We will also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You will have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it is important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

If you are offered a place at UNICERT College, your offer will be subject to Staffordshire University’s rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

As your course is awarded by Staffordshire University, you will be subject to policies and regulations of each institution.  Staffordshire University’s key policies and regulations can be found at http://www.staffs.ac.uk/legal/policies.

What do I need to apply?

  1. Application Form
  2. Copies of Degrees 
  3. Copy of ID/ Passport
  4. 2 Reference Letters
  5. Current CV

FAQs

Because you get the necessary knowledge to enter in a highly demanding industry. According to recently published research in international media, there is a large increase in demand for specialized cyber security professionals who can provide unlimited growth, in an ever-evolving field of application. A good cybersecurity professional works to understand as much as possible how secure IT infrastructures in organizations are deployed.
With the completion of the program one can work as:
• Security engineer
• Security analyst
• Security administrator
• Digital Forensic Investigator
• Security specialist
• Security consultant
This, recently, new job area is ranked among the highest paid and offers flexible hours and continuous development. In the context of your role:

• You keep intruders and hackers off the net to protect digital files and information systems from unauthorized access.
• You protect systems against malware, viruses, spyware and other malicious software and programs.
• You protect data from interception.
• You protect computers from hacking.
• You reduce the chance of data breach.
• You promote user privacy.
• You detect intrusions.
• You analyze and reverse malware.
• You undertake risk analysis and control.
• You analyze security issues of systems and of information infrastructures.
For two very basic reasons.
The first is the study guide, which, with its renewed structure, includes a combination of courses and projects that are unique.
The second is that the degree you will receive is Postgraduate (MSc) not a professional diploma or anything else.

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