• Computing

    HNC Cyber Security

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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We live in a digital age where the demand for ICT and digital technology is growing at an incredible pace. With good computing and IT systems now central to every business, organisations are set to become even more driven by technology and data.

In addition, modern organisations hold large amounts of data – about their customers and about themselves. But they face many threats to the security of this information, and they have many legal obligations to take care of it. This course will give you many perspectives about data breaches and how to protect against them.

In this dynamic and continually evolving sector, there’s already a skills shortage and it’s predicted there could be as many as 11,000 job opportunities each year in Scotland alone. So by investing in digital and IT skills now, you could find yourself highly sought after in the future!

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in Computing Science
  • A minimum of 1 Higher, but preferably two
  • Maths at SCQF level 6, although we’ll consider a relevant group of National Units in Maths at SCQF Level 6
  • An interview with us
  • What's Involved

    If you’re interested in a career in computing and IT systems or the cyber security industry, this course can help you on your way

    This course will give you the skills you need to design, implement and support IT systems in a wide range of industries. It focuses on the key areas of software development, databases, interface design, troubleshooting and cyber security

    You’ll begin by looking at computer system basics - the various hardware and software, how to install an operating system and how to install/configure application and security software

    In software development you’ll look at programming, coding, testing and technical documentation. You’ll focus on basic programming constructs, before moving onto more complex programming structures

    You’ll also look at the software development life cycle, and will design and construct a small standalone interactive application

    You’ll learn about relational databases using a query language (SQL) and develop skills to create a relational database management system using commercially available database software

    You’ll learn about the causes and effects of data security breaches and look at data security tools for personal devices

    You’ll learn how to implement security measures to protect corporate data and deliver an appropriate security strategy to improve corporate data security

    You’ll learn about digital forensics: incident response procedures, managing digital evidence, preparing forensic documentation

    You’ll look at ethical hacking, plan a penetration test, undertake a penetration test to exploit system vulnerability and learn how to implement appropriate countermeasures to mitigate a cyber-attack

    You’ll develop valuable skills for finding solutions to computing problems in computer networking, software development or technical support

    You’ll also have the chance to work on a team based ICT project

    Go Anywhere

    When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

    • Moving onto HND Computing (Technical Support)
    • Seeking to start your career with an entry level role in cyber security, software development or database design.

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Start Date

Aug 2022

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