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Information & Network Security

Overview

Security has recently become a top priority as communication and information have become a key factor in economic and societal development. Networks and information systems are now supporting services and carrying data to an extent inconceivable only a few years ago. Concerns about security of electronic networks and information systems have been growing along with the rapid increase in the number of network users and the value of their transactions. Security has now reached a critical point where it represents a prerequisite for the growth of electronic businesses and the functioning of whole economies. Maintaining secure systems and guarding company information are considered critical in today's business environments. Most companies, especially those in banking, defence, e-commerce and telecommunications, are making systems security a top priority. Consequently, there is a great need for skilled professionals who can plan, analyse and implement security measures.

The MEng in Information and Network Security programme aims to provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to contribute as technical leaders and researchers in systems security management.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
An honours primary degree (Level 8), at minimum second class honours, in a relevant engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology discipline. Applicants from other disciplines who have a significant mathematics or computing element in their primary degree will also be considered. Applicants who possess an honours undergraduate degree, at minimum second class honours, or equivalent in a non-numerate discipline and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate computing discipline will also be considered.

What to include with your application:
• Qualification transcripts and certificates
• English language qualification if English is not your first language
• Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
• A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 year full time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this programme will be able to develop and manage security policies related to organisations' IT systems and to combat threats to corporate technical resources.

Further enquiries

Contact
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
or Course Director: Dr. Reiner Dojen
Tel: +353 61-213422
Email: reiner.dojen@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Autumn
• Cryptography & Security Fundamentals
• Cryptographic Mathematics
• Multimedia Communications
• C++ Programming
• Software Engineering
• Master of Engineering Project 1*

Spring
• Data Forensics
• Biometrics
• Communication & Security Protocols
• Network & Host Security
• Web-based Application Design
• Master of Engineering Project 2*

Summer
• Master of Engineering Project 3*

• *Master Project 1/2/3 is a single project undertaken throughout the entire year.

The programme introduces students to theory and practice of:
* Cryptography & security fundamentals, including security threats and vulnerabilities as well as security services for modern e-commerce and mobile applications.
* Cryptographic Mathematics used to underpin cryptographic algorithm techniques.
* Multimedia communications and networking infrastructures as used in communications for data in form of text, images, audio and video.
* Programming languages and development of object-oriented programming skills.
* Software engineering methodologies as used in software design for advanced communication systems.
* Data forensics techniques and their application for data collection, data preservation, investigation of potentially compromised systems and collection of evidence in compromised systems.
* Biometric techniques used for the identifying and verification of individuals. Security, performance, accuracy, standards, privacy and legal issues of biometric systems.
* Communication & cryptographic security protocols, their application, design and evaluation of their reliability.
* Network & Host Security operation, techniques and skills for their reliable operation and protection of networks and hosts against attack.
* Web-based applications design principles using available web-based technologies, including reliability and security issues.
* Master of engineering project (practicum) enables students gain experience in undertaking a significant engineering task, which will involve research into a selected topic in the area of information and network security, along with advanced design and implementation.

The project commences in the Autumn semester and continues through to the Summer semester.

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Comment

This MEng provides in-depth knowledge of emerging security threats and solutions for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems. Equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to identify, develop and implement highly secure systems and networks that serve enterprise goals.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

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