Developed with industry and certified by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre), this course directly addresses the unprecedented demand for cyber security expertise. It explores the underpinning technology of cyber domain and the role of linguistics, psychology and sociology in dealing with new cyber challenges.
You will study a diverse range of modules, including Cyber Threat Intelligence, Malware Analysis, and Penetration Testing and Incident Response, providing the fundamental knowledge needed to work in the sector. You will also produce a substantial piece of individual work in your third semester, with the support of your academic supervisor, investigating a syllabu tailored to your own area of interest.
The involvement of the Industrial Advisory Group (Airbus, BT, Deloitte UK and Rolls-Royce) in designing the course and supporting its delivery ensures the teaching remains current and supportive of the real challenges faced by cyber security specialists.
You will be taught by recognised experts in cyber security and will develop your professional skills within the Cyber Technology Institute (CTI), with its purpose-built cyber security and forensics laboratories.
We expect graduates to find employment as cyber security specialists within law enforcement, government, commercial IT departments and security consultancies. Previous graduates have gone on to work for cyber security specialist organisations including Capgemini.
This course is certified by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). and DMU is recognised as an Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security, demonstrating the relevance of the course content and its value to the industry.
Our CTI has been named as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, thanks to its pioneering research in incident response and cyber threat intelligence, industrial control systems and sociotechnical security.
Study on a course which is assessed 100% by coursework, where you will take part in group and individual assessments, written essays, presentations, projects and reports, all with a strong emphasis on real-world problems.
Access our cyber security laboratories, equipped with high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and other hardware and software components.
Boost your career prospects through an optional one-year placement* where you can build industry contacts and gain experience in your area of interest. Previous Cyber Security students have undertaken placements with McAfee, as well as local and national consultancy and accounting firms.
Meet like-minded people and get hands-on experience by joining our student societies, including DMU Hackers, an ethical hacking society that meets weekly to share skills and enter competitions.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – has fully certified DMU’s MSc in Cyber Security and MSc in Cyber Technology in recognition of their excellence in providing students with a broad foundation of skills.
“By partnering with DMU, we are able to offer a degree that will play an extremely important role in enabling highly relevant, real-world skills and cyber management capabilities. These will be essential to dealing with cyber risk, a matter that is high on the agendas of boardrooms and government.”
Nick Seaver, Head of Financial Services Cyber Risk for Deloitte UK
The Cyber Technology Institute is proud to be an Airbus Centre of Excellence in SCADA cyber security and forensics and an invited member of RITICS (Research Institute in Trustworthy Inter-Connected Cyber-Physical Systems), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
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Dr Allan Cook, Cyber Risk Director at Deloitte UK, has been appointed a visiting professor at DMU. He joins the university’s Faculty of Computer Science, Engineering and Media, to help integrate cyber security into all areas of the curricula.
He said: “Cyber security impacts every aspect of our digital lives and there is greater awareness today of how our information is accessed and controlled. As the cyber threat evolves, and methods become increasingly sophisticated, it is an exciting time to integrate cyber security into the wider computer science, engineering and media curricula.”
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The Department of Computer Science at The University of Manchester is thrilled to have received recognition for the MSc in Advanced Computer Science as a 'Masters Incorporating Cyber Security' by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC - a part of GCHQ).
This certification is a significant accolade that gives students added confidence that they are going forward to deal with cyber security in a way that is "business as usual".
Professor Robert Stevens, Head of Department of Computer Science, said: “I’m delighted that our cyber security pathway has received this certification. Cyber security has always been important, but that importance is growing and I’m pleased that the Department of Computer Science’s contribution to the training of the next generation of cyber security experts has been validated in this way.”
In 2004, The University of Manchester worked with the National Computing Centre to enhance its teaching in computer-related security. This led to a computer security module that quickly became very popular. Over the years it has expanded to a pathway covering computer and network security and was joined by specialist teaching in cryptography and software security. The latter is taught by the world-class Systems and Software Security Research Group, famous for its award-winning testing tools.
This Computer Security pathway is now embedded in the MSc course and has seen over 2000 students through the programme. They get to tackle the challenges of cyber security that encourages them to go on to defend, innovate and grow the systems we rely on day to day. They learn from our academic team and practitioners in the field including Barclays, CISCO, Cyjax, KPMG, McAfee, NCC Group, North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, and Pentest Partners.
Each student engages in a significant research-based dissertation project that sees them tackling fundamental cyber security conundrums within the framework of the Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK).
Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth, said: “I am delighted that The University of Manchester's MSc in Advanced Computer Science (Security Pathway) is now fully certified by the NCSC. Offering a certified degree helps prospective students make more informed choices about their future career prospects in cyber security and employers can rest assured that graduates of these courses will be well-taught and have valued industry skills.”
Danny Dresner, Professor of Cyber Security at The University of Manchester, said: “Our policy has been to embed cyber security teaching with other opportunities including systems governance and machine learning so that our students can fulfil their learning objectives in computer science with cyber security being dealt with throughout the system's life cycle.”
Curious Films is producing “Running With The Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee,” a feature length documentary for Netflix telling the story of the life and death of software pioneer John McAfee.
British-American McAfee was the inventor of one of the most successful, and reviled, pieces of software of all time: McAfee Antivirus. At his peak, McAfee was worth $100 million. But when his neighbor was murdered, he went on the run — and invited a film crew with him. McAfee claims he is running for his life, chased by armed gunmen. McAfee and the film crew travel deep into the Belizean rainforest, across international borders, up river in the jungles of Guatemala and through the Bahamas on a boat loaded with guns, drugs and alcohol, trying to stay one step ahead of their alleged pursuers.
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In 2020, McAfee was arrested in Spain over U.S. tax evasion charges. In 2021, he was found dead in his prison cell.
With exclusive access to hundreds of hours of previously unseen, footage of McAfee and in-depth accounts from the people who knew him best, “Running With The Devil” aims to the definitive story of a larger-than-life character, a man who ran for U.S. President twice, escaped from jail multiple times, and claimed to have hacked the world.
The documentary is directed by Charlie Russell and executive produced by Dov Freedman, co-founders of Curious Films, who previously produced Amy Winehouse documentary “Reclaiming Amy.”
Freedman said: “ “Running With The Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee” is a story that’s been over ten years in the making, it’s a stranger-than-fiction story like no other, about a powerful man who lived his real life like it was a high-octane Hollywood movie — and the consequences this has for those closest to him. We are incredibly proud to be telling this extraordinary tale for the first time for Netflix.”
The documentary streams on Netflix from Aug. 24.
Watch the trailer here:
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Registration is underway for Chattanooga’s inaugural Color the Curve, a color race for scoliosis.
CurvyGirlsTennessee, a local scoliosis support group led by Kaitlyn McAfee, has teamed up with Scenic City Multisport to bring this event to Chattanooga. The 5K race and 1 mile fun run will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at Greenway Farms in Hixson.
Participants show up wearing white – it can be plain old boring white or a creative outfit – whatever it is, don’t expect it to stay white for long. As participants run (or walk) they will encounter color stations along the course. Volunteers, better known as the color crew, will be waiting to bombard them with color. Each station will have a different color, and the colors are safe to participants and the environment. By the end of the course participants will be covered in color and will have helped raise money for scoliosis research. At the finish line will be a color celebration.
Register now at http://www.colorthecurve.com.
Scoliosis is the lateral bending and twisting of the spine that, when progressed, causes body deformities and compromises internal organs. It affects seven million people in the U.S., with diagnosis most commonly occurring in pre-adolescence. The disease shows progression ten times more frequently in girls than boys. Curvy Girls groups provide peer-to-peer and family-to-family support and information.
For more information on Curvy Girls Tennessee or Scenic City Multisport visit: http://www.curvygirlstennessee.com or http://www.sceniccitymultisportllc.com/.
Kaitlyn McAfee's Story:
In March, 2012, at the age of 11, I found out that I have scoliosis. It was a big surprise! I visited my doctor for a routine sports physical so that I could try out for the track team. My mom and I thought it would be a quick visit. We thought Dr. Rodgers would take a quick look at me and say I was fine to try out for the track team. The visit was nothing like we expected.
The doctor had me bend forward so she could look at my back. As soon as she did, she asked my mom to come look as well. She found that I had scoliosis and suggested we go straight to the hospital for x-rays. We did and within a couple of hours found that I had a 38° S-curve. My pediatrician recommended we see a specialist for a second opinion and a treatment plan. About two weeks after that first doctor’s visit we went to Nashville to see a specialist. He said I needed a brace and recommended the Boston brace. We visited a specialist and he took the measurements to create my brace and let me choose the color, I picked pink. A week later, we went back to Nashville for my first fitting and another round of x-rays. We met with the brace maker and he presented my brace to me. Boy is it pink – it’s the color of bubble gum! I was told I would wear “Gummy” sixteen hours a day until I was done growing.
At the end of July, we went back to my doctor in Nashville. My x-ray showed that my curve is progressing and that I am one of the small percentage of girls that don’t respond to bracing. I will need to have spinal fusion surgery. I go back to the doctor in October for an MRI and to talk about the next step.
I was able to try out for track back in the spring and did make the team. I got to run on a relay team with three of my good friends. We had a fun season.
In addition to track, my hobbies are texting, hanging out with my friends, drawing and SHOPPING! I want to be a fashion designer when I grow up. I once entered a contest to design a wedding dress out of toilet paper. It was amazing (if I do say so myself)! I didn’t win, but I was the youngest contestant and everyone loved my design.
I also love animals! I have several pets – two dogs, two birds and four fire belly toads.
My doctor encourages lots of exercise, so I’m currently taking pure barre classes three times a week. pure barre is a combination of core strengthening, Pilates and yoga. It is kind of hard, but I love it and know that I’ll have excellent posture after this is all done. I’m also experimenting with different kinds of exercise and fun activities – my dad and I go indoor rock and we’re planning to try stand up paddle boarding soon. I’m having fun learning new things.
When I first found out about my scoliosis I was scared and confused. I’m happy that I happened across the Curvy Girls website and that I now have the opportunity to make new friends that understand exactly what I’m going through and I can’t wait to encourage others as they go through scoliosis too! I’m very determined and once I sent my mind to something, there’s no stopping me. When I was eight, I decided I wanted to buy my own laptop. I started making and selling bottle cap jewelry and magnets. Within four months, I was counting out my money at Best Buy and buying my new laptop. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll be designing clothes for girls wearing scoliosis braces!
SmackDown commentator and sometimes wrestler Pat McAfee provided some insight into WWE's drug-testing program Tuesday.
Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show (h/t WrestlingInc's Dakota Cohen), McAfee divulged that he had been drug tested regularly during his relatively brief time in WWE:
"They drug test rather often at the WWE. Yes, they actually do now. There are always going to be people that talk about some people maybe aren't getting tested. There's always conspiracy theories about everything, but I've been tested and given my blood to the WWE numerous times.
"… There was a lot of things that happen whenever you start injecting your body with stuff. And people who were already maybe high energy or very emotional, and then there was some stuff that has happened through the evolution of human and the evolution of WWE where they have had to put in different rules."
McAfee is something of an expert in having to submit to a strict drug-testing schedule given his time as an NFL punter.
The two-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro spent eight years in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and experienced firsthand one of the most intensive drug-testing regimens in professional sports.
Over the years, WWE and professional wrestling as a whole have gained a reputation for being an environment that fosters drug use, whether it be performance-enhancing drugs or recreational drugs.
While that may have been the case for many in the '90s and prior, pro wrestling has seemingly changed for the better in that regard with wrestlers taking care of their bodies more and engaging in less destructive behavior.
The fact that the road schedule isn't as rigorous as it once was likely helps since WWE wrestlers used to work every night but currently do so only a few times per week at most.
McAfee's primary role is that of a SmackDown announcer, which has helped him become a beloved figure in WWE, but he has tested the in-ring waters as well.
Most recently, McAfee defeated Happy Corbin at SummerSlam last weekend in yet another well-received match.
Given how much of a natural he has been as a wrestler, he will likely get many more opportunities to compete in the future, meaning McAfee will remain well-acquainted with WWE's drug-testing system, just like every other Superstar in the company.
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Online protection company McAfee has partnered with telecommunications company Telstra to deliver protection and safeguard the privacy and identity of telco consumers.
“A latest McAfee study found 27% of Australians surveyed reported attempted account theft and 23% had experienced financial account information leaks,” said McAfee senior vice president global sales and operations Pedro Gutierrez.
McAfee’s integrated consumer security platform offers mobile security solutions to protect customers’ privacy and identity while blocking viruses, malware, spyware, and ransomware attacks.
Telstra’s customers can take advantage of these capabilities and protect themselves from additional threats including potential hacks, identity theft, and broader gaps in online and mobile security.
“This partnership with McAfee helps drive our mission to build a safe and secure connected future where everyone can thrive, and further complements Telstra’s T25 ambition to extend our network leadership position by delivering greater value to our customers,” said Telstra cybersecurity executive and group owner Matthew O’Brien.
Telstra customers can simply go in-store, online or to their MyTelstra app to activate device security.
All eligible Telstra customers can try device security for three months on Telstra, then auto-roll onto US$10 ($14.63)/month after.
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Pat McAfee is staying in business with WWE.
The sports entertainment giant has announced that McAfee has signed a multi-year extension of his contract. He will continue to serve as a member of the commentary team on “SmackDown Live” alongside Michael Cole. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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“Very few can transition from professional athletics to entertainment the way [Pat McAfee] has,” Paul “Triple H” Levesque wrote on Twitter. “In short, he ‘gets it’ & the authenticity he brings to his fans & the WWE Universe is the same he brings to every facet of his life. A pleasure working with him. (Plus, he’s jacked!)”
McAfee has proven to be incredibly popular with WWE fans going back to his initial appearances with the company in 2018. He has been a permanent fixture on the “SmackDown” commentary desk since 2021. McAfee has also been featured in the ring, most recently battling both Mr. McMahon and Theory at WrestleMania 38. That match also saw him take a Stone Cold Stunner from a returning “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He is also set to face Happy Corbin in a match at the annual SummerSlam pay-per-view in Nashville, TN, on July 30.
Outside of WWE, McAfee is best known for his time in the NFL. He played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2016, serving as a punter and kickoff specialist. He played in the Pro Bowl in both 2014 and 2016 and was named first team All Pro in 2014. McAfee is also the host of the daily sports talk show “The Pat McAfee Show,” with co-hosts A.J. Hawk, Darius Butler, and Aaron Rodgers. He has also worked as an analyst for sports outlets like Barstool Sports, Fox Sports, and ESPN.
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The U.K.‘s Competition and Markets Authority says latest security moves by Microsoft and others eased fears the $8 billion-plus merger would harm consumers.
NortonLifeLock and Avast can thank Microsoft for riding to the rescue of their proposed $8 billion-plus merger that only recently looked to be in regulatory peril.
The U.K.‘s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given ‘provisional’ approval to the merger, even though agency officials warned in March that they had competition concerns about Tempe, Ariz.-based NortonLifeLock taking over the Prague, Czech Republic-based Avast, whose stock is listed in the U.K, according to reports by Reuters and other media outlets.
What’s changed since March? Research showing stronger-than-thought competition from other security rivals, both big and small, including McAfee, the British agency said. Most importantly, Microsoft has recently been beefing up its consumer and business security via its Defender suite of security products.
Microsoft “holds a unique position in the market as the owner of the Windows operating system” and its latest security moves “bring its cyber safety offering closer to those of the merging businesses and are likely to further strengthen Microsoft as a competitor going forward,” the CMA said in its statement.
“The CMA has now provisionally concluded that the deal does not raise competition concerns in the U.K.,” its statement says.
“The CMA’s investigation has found that the supply of cyber safety software to consumers is rapidly evolving. Providers of both paid-for and free services are continually developing and improving their products over time to meet different and changing customer needs.”
The bottom line, unless British regulators have another change of heart: the NortonLifeLock-Avast deal appears to have overcome one of its last regulatory challenges. U.S. and German anti-trust officials have already given thumbs up to the transaction.
In the U.K., Avast’s shares skyrocketed by more than 40 percent after the CMA announcement. NortonLifeLock’s shares jumped a more modest 7 percent.
With its U.S. headquarters located in Redwood City, Calif., Avast provides both consumer and business cybersecurity, working with indirect channel partners to deliver endpoint and cloud-based network security.
Meanwhile, NortonLifeLock, which was created in 2019 as a spin-off from Symantec after Symantec’s enterprise security business was acquired by Broadcom, is a specialist in consumer-focused cybersecurity.
The merger, first announced a year ago, was seen as creating a global consumer security powerhouse.
But just four months ago, it looked like there might not be a deal, based on the comments of David Stewart, CMA’s executive director, who expressed concern the merger would end up harming consumers, according to media reports.
Further research basically allayed those fears, CMA said on Wednesday.
The £6 billion merger between British cybersecurity company Avast and US rival NortonLifeLock has been provisionally given the green light by the UK competition watchdog.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it does not believe the tie-up raises competition concerns in the UK following an in-depth merger launched in March.
The CMA said while concerns were first raised in its initial probe, more detailed analysis of the deal found that the merging businesses face “significant competition” from the likes of main rival McAfee and a range of other smaller suppliers.
It added that security applications provided by Microsoft – the owner of the Windows operating system – have become increasingly important alternatives for consumers, with the group now improving its free built-in security app so that protection “is as good as many of the products offered by specialist suppliers”.
We are currently satisfied that this deal won’t worsen the options available to consumers
Kirstin Baker, CMA
Recently launched apps by Microsoft also see its cyber safety offering more closely match those of the merging businesses, according to the CMA.
The CMA has set a deadline of August 24 for responses to its provisional decision, with a final report due by September 8.
Kirstin Baker, chair of the CMA inquiry group, said: “Millions of people across the UK rely on cyber safety services to keep them safe online.
“After gathering further information from the companies involved and other industry players, we are currently satisfied that this deal won’t worsen the options available to consumers.
“As such, we have provisionally concluded that the deal can go ahead.”
NortonLifeLock said it welcomed the initial decision, and “intends to continue to work with the CMA and with Avast to enable the CMA’s final report to be issued as soon as practicable”.
It hopes to be able to complete the deal by September 12.
The merger was first announced in August last year, pending approvals from regulators.
It was supposed to be completed in March but has been held up by investigations in the UK and Spain.
NortonLifeLock and Avast both offer cyber safety software to consumers under a variety of different brands.
Products include antivirus software, also known as endpoint security software, privacy software, such as VPNs, and identity protection software.