(Original post by welshwaynejack)
Hi, the best advice I can give you is to visit each facility during an open day and talk with the course lectures with any questions you have. Or alternatively you could email them and they should provide additional information. From my experience Uni Glam has an excellent computer security and forensic departments. The staff regularly contributes to the info sec sector and are very knowledgeable. The department has a good relationship with GCHQ and the Met police and from I gathered quite a few ex students ended up at GCHQ or other related security jobs. They mentioned the Tiger scheme on the masters prospects, but if you want further clarification then the official tiger scheme website (http://www.tigerscheme.org/training-providers.php
) confirms them as a provider. I believe the Tiger scheme certification is offered as an additional qualification as well as the opportunity to gain additional vendor forensic certification, hence why it wasn’t mentioned on the course prospectus.
In relation to what you learn on the course, you will need a good understanding on programming and systems so you can understand the different techniques used by hackers. However, Security and forensic fields are so big and come with many different niches it’s really down to personal preference, hence alot of courses different in content. Would you consider after the undergraduate course study a masters? If this was the cause the security masters at Uni Glam from what I remember covered Linux and Windows hacking, a comprehensive network security hacking module, security management and project management. However, it seems they have altered the course slightly. The course has now added vulnerability development, which id assume will involve creating viruses or focusing on pen testing.
From the computer security students who shared modules with me during my time at Glam, the course was very technical and the assignments from the linux and windows hacking module involved them creating a unique virus. I shared the networking module and we were tasked to hack networks using the techniques we covered in lectures.
I’d focus on computer security modules if I was you, rather than mixing and matching. You could always do a masters in forensics, which will give you a brief overview of the fundamentals. From my experience forensics is a tougher discipline to get a job in, while there is a considerable amount of pen testing, network security and security management jobs atm. Again its really down to you.
As for the other course I can’t really say much as I have no experience with them. The XRY certification is very easy to attain and much of the forensic vendor certification isn’t really valued. I believe if you want to get into pen testing then the Tiger scheme is highly valued and will prepare you for the job. Id be a little wary if a course mixes different disciplines as you may miss out on some vital area. Ignore Cisco certification, it will hold you back for jobs. Cisco certification is for those who work with the kit day in day out.
Check out both courses open days and bombard the lectures with questions. Ask about certification, what placements past students have done? (Remember placements are down to you not the university to arrange), what links with industry, what jobs past students have gone onto, and ask about course content.
Hope that helps and good luck!