Second cyber Masters course gets Government authority’s approval

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USW has become the first institution in the country to have two of its Masters cyber security courses recognised for their high standards

USW’s MSc in Cyber Security has achieved provisional certification under the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) General broad foundation Master’s Degree standard.

The National Cyber Security Centre was launched in October 2016 is the UK’s lead technical authority on cyber security. GCHQ is its parent body, meaning that it can draw on the organisation’s world-class skills and sensitive capabilities.

The accreditation follows the approval of USW’s Masters in Computer Forensics in 2016, when it became the only university in Wales to gain the prestigious provisional certification from GCHQ, the UK Government’s Communications HQ.

The process of certification involved rigorous assessment of the teaching team, content and university facilities – everything that influences the overall quality of the course.

It requires a complex and lengthy document that covers every detail of the programme, and approval under this scheme means that the courses meet the high standards of the NCSC.

Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director, said: “It’s great to see the University of South Wales’s commitment to helping boost the cyber security talent pipeline.