Good internet security isn’t just about having the right tools to fend off cyber attacks; you need smart people, too. The UK government clearly knows this, as GCHQ has just accredited Master’s degrees in online security that live up to the intelligence agency’s “stringent criteria.” If you pursue the right grad studies at one of six British universities (including London and Oxford), you’ll both be well-equipped to handle digital threats and get an edge when hunting for that first big InfoSec job.
Intelligence agency GCHQ has accredited six UK universities to teach specialist master’s degree courses to future internet security experts. The degrees form part of the UK’s cyber security strategy published in 2011. The strategy recognised that education was key to improving defences against hackers and online fraud. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said internet cyber security was a “crucial part” of the government’s long-term plan for the British economy. He said the courses would help to make the “UK one of the safest places in the world to do business online”. He said: “Through the excellent work of GCHQ, in partnership with other government departments, the private sector and academia, we are able to counter threats and ensure together we are stronger and more aware.” UK universities were invited to submit their master’s degree courses for certification. The universities now running GCHQ-approved programmes in cyber security are Edinburgh Napier University, Lancaster University, the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London.