NPA Cyber Security

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Attendance PatternDurationSCQF LevelYear Group
Wednesday online, Friday on campus  1 year 5  S6
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Course content

Course content

This course is aimed at introducing you to the fundamentals of cyber resilience. Although you may not be thinking about this specific area as a career in computing it will be vital to understand these concepts to support your entry into the Computing sector.

Data Security - The purpose of this component is to introduce concepts around personal and corporate data security, including aspects of legal and ethical obligations. Learners will discuss examples of real-life data security breaches, and examine the reputational and financial damage caused by poor data security practice.

Digital Forensics - The purpose of this component is to develop learners’ knowledge of the principles and integrity of the digital forensics process. It is intended to augment learners’ knowledge of data acquisition, data analysis and the reporting of forensics examinations.

Ethical Hacking - The purpose of this component is to develop an awareness of the knowledge and skills used by ethical and malicious hackers. A specific aim of this unit is to enhance learners’ awareness of the potential threats from malicious hackers to individuals and organisations, and how ethical hacking can help identify and mitigate these threats. Additionally, learners will understand the legislation and ethics of hacking.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Aimed at S5/6 pupils, you should have core skills at level 5 or above and Computing at National 5. You will be invited to discuss your application at an interview with College staff.

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Course progression

Course progression

Progression could be onto:

NC Digital Media Computing or NC in Computer Games Development/ Digital Media Production/ Animation.