New Edinburgh Napier University course aims to close net on cyber crime

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EDINBURGH Napier University is set to launch a new course in tackling online crime.

The part-time MSc in Advanced Security and Cybercrime is aimed at professionals and will teach the skills to combat a wide range of threats including phishing scams and online financial and identity theft, as well as virus and network intrusions.

Professor Bill Buchannan, director of Edinburgh Napier’s centre for distributed computing and security, said: “Cyber criminals pose a clear and present danger to all businesses regardless of their size or sector, but there is a major skills shortage among IT professionals to deal with the rapidly evolving threat.

“There’s an unprecedented opportunity for those already working in IT, or with a 
background in telecoms, to retrain to become ‘cyber professionals’.

“The new MSc is ideally suited to developing vital skills in cybercrime, forensics and computer security, while allowing a student to continue in full-time employment.”

The course will begin in September and will also have intakes in January and May.