Masters of Science in Information Systems Security Launched
Strathmore Universitys @ILabAfrica Research Centre was privileged to launch the Masters of Science in Information Systems Security (MSc. ISS). The two year program is designed to prepare IT specialists on identifying and delivering relevant solutions to threats that endanger information system resources. The colorful occasion was graced with the presence of ICT gurus and professionals including; ICT Cabinet Secretary-Dr. Fred Matiangi and ICT Authority CEO- Eng. Victor Kyalo.
Giving the welcoming remarks, @ILabAfricas director Dr. Joseph Sevilla enlightened guests on the importance of starting such a course. Dr. Sevilla highlighted on the lack of proper expertise in the country to control and protect the cyber space. People have been taking advantage of our installations. Kenya is losing about 2-4 billion Kenya Shillings in cyber hacking, said Dr. Sevilla. The statistics shared by Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, show the depth of insecurity in cyber space.
Through collaborations with technical industry partners such as Ericsson, Safaricom, Huawei, Microsoft, Oracle, ICT Authority, Cisco, ISACA, IBM and Softlock, the program is expected to be effective through the timely and practical real life approaches being integrated to the curriculum. Aside from industry partners, the studies will be enriched through academic partner support from Brno University of Technology, East Carolina University and Warsaw University of Technology.
When we talk about cyber-attacks, I realize we need that other level Strathmore is bringing here, said Eng. Kyalo as he invited the Chief guest Dr. Matiangi to address the guests. Dr. Matiangi highlighted on the reason as to why the government is in full support of the introduced course. He addressed cyber-attack issues that have affected the country deeply, urging the government to budget for cyber security. He also advised the judiciary to come up with digital jurisprudence in order for them to deal with cyber related crimes.
The launched program will officially start on 4th May 2015 on a part-time basis. Majority of the subjects offered, will utilize leading-edge technologies such as state-of-the art labs and video conferencing- an approach drawn to aid students who are not able to commute to Strathmore, and international faculty members.
The following are eligible for admission to the Master of Science in Information Systems Security Programme;
- First Class or Upper Second Class honours holders with degrees in Computer Science, Information Technology, Business Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, or other IT related disciplines from recognized universities.
- Holders of other related qualifications from recognized universities, considered by the Academic Council as equivalent to a First class or Upper Second Class degree in Computer Science or IT discipline.
- Holders of Lower Second Class degrees in Computer Science or IT, with at least two years IT working experience in a business or research environment.
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