Cyber Security and Networks

The Department of Cyber Security and Networks covers range of learning disciplines within the field which include: cyber security, digital forensics, ethical hacking, computer networking and internetwork engineering.  All the programmes are vocationally embedded, they offer hands on practical experience as well as the theoretical underpinning.   Our labs are well equipped and utilise both physical and virtual learning environments which are of industry standard, additionally we utilise the industry standard software.

Student overall satisfaction on our courses in 2018 was rated at 81%.  Many of our students secure employment within 6 months of graduating with some even securing job offers before completing their degree with us at GCU.  The cyber market trend shows there are many unfilled vacancies and this is to continue in the foreseeable future with companies such as Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and BT actively recruiting in the field.

Staff in the department are involved in research activities such as IOT, machine learning, sensor networks and network protocol development.  The department staff work closely with the student society - The Ethical Hacking Society and alongside the society the department runs The Cyber Clinic.

Head of Department

Dr Jackie Riley

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Undergraduate courses

BSc/BSc Hons Computer Networking

BSc/BSc Hons Digital Security and Forensics

BSc/BSc Hons Cyber Security and Networks

BSc/BSc Hons Cyber Security (Graduate Apprentice)

Postgraduate courses

MSc Cyber Security (Graduate Apprentice)

MSc Advanced Internetwork Engineering (FT/PT and DL)

Department Highlights

The Department offers a range of CPD courses through the Digital Skills Academy 

The Department were awarded the Scottish Cyber Award for community Engagement in 2016 
The Department has an excellent relationship with the colleges and provides a pathway for students entering their degrees from HNC/HND qualifications.
The Undergraduate degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society
First Scottish University offering Cyber Security Masters GA programme
We are the only university in the UK offering a CCIE level PG programme and additionally it is fully integrated to be DL, but with the students engaging with the FT cohort. 

We support and encourage our students to engage via the Ethical Hacking Society, and arrange a series of employer based activities. The most recent have included representatives from Morgan Stanley, The Tech Force, FDM, IDcyberSolution, Proact, Seric Systems, Barrier Networks
We are proud to have been working with IDCyber Solutions of nearly 2 years and through this partnership we have trained 70+ students to be registered Cyber Essential Practitioners 

The Department is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education, and in particular SICSA: Cyber Nexus.