What's the Computer Network Security Foundation Degree (FdSc) Validated by the University of Salford course about?

Today's computers keep vast amounts of strategic data and keeping it secure is critical. Network security is vital for businesses of all sizes, government agencies, government services and religious organisations, and individuals with personal data. With technology evolving almost daily, qualified security, network experts are in high demand, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Network security jobs cover a wide range of subjects. Database administrators are responsible for managing and protecting data. Computer systems analysts use the computer's technical abilities to meet the needs of a particular type of industry or company. Network administrators and computer system administrators oversee network security as part of their jobs. Computer security specialists focus exclusively on computer security for a company.

Students gain knowledge and understanding of public key infrastructures, access lists, firewalls, ISA security, troubleshooting of individual logic devices and computer systems. In addition to the highly technical and specialist skills within the foundation degree, business awareness skills are also taught, at the request of employers involved in the design of the programme. This ensures that students are also aware of the importance of time management, teamwork, communication skills and how to be an effective member of staff within the organisation.

Subjects covered include:

  • Internet security
  • Introduction to security concepts
  • Client/server security
  • Firewall security
  • Infrastructure security
  • Network administration security
  • Securing remote access

Assessment makes use of a range of activities, including reports, oral presentations, group work, practical assignments, time-constrained tests, peer assessment and live industry briefs.

What will I be able to do after I've completed this course?

Upon successful completion of the foundation degree students may progress onto a third year and 'TOP UP' their FdSc to a BSc (Hons)Business Computing with IT (Validated by Salford University). Graduates may also progress into career pathways, such as database administration, network administration and computer systems analysis.

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