• » Bachelor of Science in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics
    CAO Code  LY737
    LYIT internal code  LY_KCSDF_D
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  36
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Did you know that if your PC has a broadband connection it is being probed by unauthorised users many times a day? Did you that your computer is quite possibly a "zombie" machine awaiting activation for some nefarious purpose? Or that deleting files and history logs on your machine is a very poor way to hide your tracks, and that a trained forensics professional can easily recover this data? Or that identity theft is no longer just in the realms of science fiction?
    Computer Security is about securing computer systems against all types of unauthorised access. However, no matter how secure a computer systems is it will still have vulnerabilities. Digital Forensics is about detecting intruders, analysing what they have done to your computer system, tracking and identifying the intruder and creating a portfolio of evidence about the intruders activities to assist with a successful prosecution. This course teaches student the skills, methods and techniques used in Computer Security and Digital Forensics. Our aim is to provide the Irish computer industry with high quality experts in this rapidly growing field of computing.
    Our aim is to provide the Irish computer industry with high quality experts in this rapidly growing field of computing.

    For a description of a degree in computer security and digital forensics see the following YouTube video: BSc Computer Forensics & Security - University of Derby This video describes a BSc course at the University of Derby but (except for the reference to the placement year) it gives a pretty good overview of our computer security and digital forensics BSc. Also see Scams, spam, spies and me for an insight into the job of a person working in the computer security industry.
    For Testimonials from a graduates of the course follow this link.
    For some general information about why you might consider a career in computing: Careers Evenings and Computers.
    If you would like more information about computer programming (OO Programming) click on What is Computer Programming?
    Q. Do I need to know anything about computers before starting this course?
    A. No. We recognise that different students are entering third level education with very different levels of familiarity with computing. Thus, in first year, we will introduce you to all the basics of using computer and we will assume minimal prior knowledge.
    Q. What happens if I pick the wrong computing course?
    A. First year on all of the computing degree courses is very similar so at the end of first year you have the option of changing into second year of a different computing degree if you feel you have made the wrong course choice (subject to certain conditions) so the only real question you have to ask is whether you want to do computing, don’t worry too much about picking the wrong course.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Leaving Cert Entry Requirements
      • 5 subjects at O6/H7 grades
      • ENG/IRS at O6/H7
      • Math at F2/O6/H7
    • FETAC applicants click FETAC
    • Northern Ireland/UK Applicants click NI/UK
    • Applicants presenting other national exams as a basis for entry, please email the Head of Department Thomas Dowling (thomas.dowling@lyit.ie).
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click Part-time Study
    Course Structure
    The B.Sc. is a three year taught programme in computing, which focuses on core computing skills plus topics applicable to the computer security and digital forensics. Its aim is to provide students who participate in it with the range of both theoretical and practical skills required for them to participate fully in a strong and vibrant computing industry with a particular emphasis on computer security and digital forensics. In addition graduates from this course are able to do a one-year add-on level-8 Honours BSc in Computer Security and Digital Forensics.
    What will I have to study?
    No of credits
     1/1  Computer Architecture and Operating Systems I Mandatory  5
     Mathematics for Computing 1 Mandatory  5
     Introduction to Programming Mandatory  10
     Personal and Professional Development   Mandatory  5
     Web Fundamentals Mandatory  5
     1/2  Computer Architecture and Operating Systems 2 Mandatory  5
     Mathematics for Computing 2 Mandatory  5
     Introduction to Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  10
     Introduction to Ethical Hacking Mandatory  5
     Introduction to Digital Forensics and Evidence Mandatory  5
     2/3  Relational Databases Mandatory  5
     Network Fundamentals Mandatory  5
     Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  10
     Advanced Ethical Hacking Mandatory  5
     Advanced Digital Forensics 1 Mandatory  5
     2/4  API Programming Mandatory  5
     Algorithms and Data Structures Mandatory  5
     SQL Programming Mandatory  5
     Network Services Mandatory  5
     Web App Security Mandatory  5
     Advanced Digital Forensics 2 Mandatory  5
     3/5  Software Implementation Mandatory  5
     Object Oriented Systems Analysis and Design Mandatory  5
     Academic and Technical Writing Skills Mandatory  5
     Integrated Infrastructure Mandatory  5
     Secure Systems Administration Mandatory   5
     Law of Evidence (Advanced Digital Forensics for 2017-18) Mandatory   5
     3/6  Secure Programming  Mandatory  5
     Project Management Mandatory  5
     Data Analytics Mandatory  5
     Team Project Mandatory  5
     Secure Network Services Mandatory  5
     Maths for Cryptography Mandatory  5
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to a one-year programme leading to a Level 8 Honours BSc in Computer Security and Digital Forensics is available internally at LYIT.
    On completion of this programme graduates may go on to study for their MSc/PhD at other ITs and Universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to second cycle (i.e. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    Career Opportunities
    Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. It is projected that students who enter third level colleges this year are likely to find there are more professional computing jobs available when they graduate than there are computing graduates to fill them.
    During the past decade, Ireland has gained increasing recognition as Europe’s premier location for software development. Since the 1980s, most leading US software vendors, including Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook and Symantec, have based their European operations centres in Ireland. The country has also become the number one site for software development in Europe. All the big players such as Microsoft, Google, EBay, Symantec and Amazon are now based in Ireland.
    Alongside the big international players Ireland also has a thriving software development industry that has been created in Ireland by Irish computer graduates. It comprises of over 600 companies, about 250 of which have significant levels of overseas sales. Ireland has now overtaken the USA as the biggest exporter of software in the world. 60% of all software sold in Europe originates in Ireland.
    In addition to the national demand for computing graduates there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as Pramerica which is based in Letterkenny, Northbrook which has operations in Derry and Strabane and SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and has recently announced a major jobs expansion.
    Worldwide there are about 1.5 million people working as computer security professionals and employment in this area is growing at approximately 9% per year and industry projections are that this rate of growth will continue or improve in the future.
    Typical employers in the computer security field include:
    • Companies running enterprise computer networks;
    • The payment card industry;
    • Companies involved in e-commerce;
    • Financial services companies;
    • Academic institutions;
    • Government departments;
    • Internet service providers.
    Each of these service providers have distinct security needs which require different solutions to meet their needs.
    Thus graduates in this field require not only a technical background in general computing but also specialist knowledge of the differing security needs of different types of businesses, the primary technical solutions available to meet these needs, the primary methods of attack on computer systems, how to plan for such attacks both in terms of defense and damage control, how to detect intruders and how to gather evidence to identify the intruders, track their actions and present evidence detailing their activities.
    For an idea of what computing might look like in the future see the following video by Microsoft on YouTube: Microsoft Future of Computing or see Microsoft's Future Vision 2019 You can be part of it.
    For the latest update on employment in the IT Sector see 2,500 Unfilled Jobs in Irish Tech Sector.
    Also see the following report on employment and salaries in the IT industry in 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT Security Industry see the latest Global Information Security Workforce Study on the following link: workforcestudy. If you review a number of the studies available on this site you will see the trend towards continuing and significant worldwide expansion in this area of activity indicating the availability of interesting, attractive and well-paid employment opportunities into the future.
    This link is to an article from Silicon Republic about employment in the computer security industry: Skills deficit leaving IT security jobs unfilled.
    This link is to an October 2011 article which says that Information Security is the Key Skill of the Future
    For articles which you might find helpful see:
    Demand for Cyber Security Jobs Is Soaring
    Year of living dangerously – security breaches and scams of 2013
    93pc of firms worldwide plan to beef up IT security measures
    Top Tech Jobs 2015 – Cybersecurity
    Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle
    Demand for IT staff up almost a third as Irish employers look beyond EU to fill roles
    CAO countdown: Tech graduates in demand amid skills shortage
    Donegal Leaving Cert students should consider computer science courses, says HEA
    Leap in numbers of graduates getting work straight out of college
    Demand for cyber security experts exceeds supply
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    If you would like to learn more about computing attend our Summer Computing Camp
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page and our Twitter Feed @LYITComputing
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.