Secure information systems are critically important to modern day businesses and societies. From banking systems and medical systems to power infrastructures or a simple home PC, security is vitally important as they are usually all interconnected directly or indirectly via the Internet or telephony system.
This Master’s programme combines modern engineering and technology with digital media and equips students with the skill set to develop modern security systems with an emphasis on biometric identity management. Graduates of this programme are then capable of adapting to changes in the field and of leading it in innovation.
Iulia talks about her Information Security and Biometrics MSc at Kent.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- information security and biometrics (including the importance of taking a systems-wide approach to maintaining information security) and an awareness of developing technologies in this field
- mathematical and computer models for analysis of information security and biometric systems (including the design and analysis of modern systems for encryption, authentication, authorisation and identification)
- design processes relevant to technologies such as networks and pattern classification and supporting methodologies such as system design and software engineering
- ethical and legal issues, relevant standards and the mechanisms by which such standards are agreed
- the current industrial context in which biometric and secure systems are developed and employed
- extensive knowledge of characteristics of equipment, processes, algorithms and products, such as encryption systems, face and finger-print recognition systems and biometric sensors.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- how to think critically, reason and reflect
- the ability to produce a specification of the operation of a complex system, based on an understanding of the component parts
- the ability to undertake critical appraisal of a candidate system design and reflect upon its merits
- the ability to use fundamental knowledge to explore new and emerging technologies
- the ability to understand the limitations of mathematical and computer-based problem-solving and assess the impact in particular cases
- the ability to extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem and apply it in the solution
- the ability to apply engineering techniques taking account of commercial and industrial constraints.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- the ability to analyse the information security requirements of an organisation
- the ability to analyse and comprehend a biometrically-based secure system engineering problem, using appropriate formal analysis methods
- the ability to apply knowledge of design processes in unfamiliar situations and to generate innovative designs to fulfil new needs, particularly in the fields of complex biometric and secure systems
- the ability to select and employ appropriate development tools for modern biometric and secure systems
- the ability to select, install and configure different security components to work together to form a complex security system
- the use of appropriate software tools, techniques and packages to produce and develop security systems, including biometrically-based ones
- the ability to devise tests of a software system through experiment and simulation and to critically appraise the results
- the use of software development kits and tools to analyse problems and develop solutions.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- the ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data
- use of information and communications technology
- personal and interpersonal skills, working as a member of a team
- an ability to communicate effectively, in writing, verbally and through drawings
- the ability for critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
- the ability to learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development.
- the ability to manage time and resources within an individual and group project.
This programme aims to:
- produce graduate engineers with a broad understanding of how to provide effective information security, and how to develop and use modern security systems, with a particular emphasis on biometric identity management
- equip trained engineers with the necessary system development skills to allow them to adapt to a dynamic and fast-changing industrial environment
- provide you with proper academic guidance and welfare support
- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer you an environment where you can develop your potential.