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New Standard in Ethical Hacking

Date: August 18, 2005
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: CCRC staff

University and Industry Partnership Creates New Qualification

The University of Glamorgan and leading Information Security Company 7Safe have teamed up to launch a world-first Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in Penetration Testing and Information Security.

The unique qualification offers IT professionals the opportunity to learn about penetration testing (ethical hacking) and information security in depth, acquiring a recognised qualification in the process.
Principal lecturer at the University of Glamorgan’s School of Computing Dr Andrew Blyth said, “The introduction of this specialist qualification broadens the scope of our existing IT education programme. It will assist the career development of individuals wishing to progress in this fascinating area. The theoretical and practical elements of the programme will provide students with transferable skills which are of tangible benefit in the industry”.
The content of the qualification includes penetration testing, wireless security and computer forensics, plus a course devoted to implementing BS 7799 – the government-recognised Information Security Standard now swelling in importance within the industry. This is a comprehensive PgC which will help students in the development of their professional careers.

7Safe Managing Director Alan Phillips commented, "This respected university has further enhanced the credibility of our education and certification programme. The accreditation recognises our commitment to promoting best practice within the IT industry and creating a benchmark by which IT professionals can demonstrate their competence. The industry has been asking for this for a long time”.

The need for this type of qualification has been highlighted by the huge rise in cyber-terrorism and internet related crime in recent years and the associated costs. According to a recent survey conducted by The Department of Trade and Industry, the average cost of a security breach equals Ј30,000.

The PgC includes the Certified Security Testing Associate and Professional (CSTA, CSTP) and Certified Forensic Investigation Analyst (CFIA) qualifications. It also earns students Masters-level credits which can contribute towards a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) or a Masters (MSc) in one of several computer security-related subjects, should they wish to undertake further study. Please contact 7Safe or The University of Glamorgan for further information.

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