University of Northampton adds security focus to computing

The University of Northampton says it has has responded to the growth in hacking – where cyber crime costs the global economy $445 billion a year (Center for Strategic and International Studies) - by offering a BSc or MSc course in Computing - Web Technology and Security, and encouraging undergraduates on other computing courses to undertake a security module.

“Gary Hill, head of computing at the University, said: “Security is one of the biggest growing areas in the industry, as more and more personal data and company information is stored online and shared across networks.”

George Pickers a Northampton graduate in Computer Science in 2014, now security and governance specialist in the IT department at Weatherbys private bank, said: “The knowledge and skills I honed at the University gave me a real understanding and the practical know-how to deal with the challenges we face in our department.” Several of the University's academic staff affiliated to the British Computing Society (BCS),and the institution hosts official BCS events, such as the Pen Testing Day. “Pen testing is something we carry out at work on a regular basis, and to have an external event such as the one at the University is invaluable,” said Pickers.