PGI has announced that delegates who have taken its UK Government accredited Cyber Security Awareness, Advanced Threat Methodology and Operational Digital Forensics courses may also be granted ‘accreditation of prior learning status’ by Bournemouth University. Under Bournemouth's individual unit exemption process, delegates who take and pass all three of PGI’s courses may receive up to 40 credits which could substitute for two of Bournemouth’s units. This means that successful PGI students may only have to take four more units and a dissertation to gain Bournemouth’s Cyber Security and Human Factors MSc.
Bournemouth University’s MSc in Cyber Security & Human Factors was developed in response to the needs of the computing and security sectors of the UK and EU. Graduates from the course will be equipped with technical know-how to protect and prevent, and the ability to assess risk and manage incidents. Graduates also gain an understanding of the psychology of cyber security by investigating threat, vulnerabilities and impact risk; and the contagion of fear, uncertainty and doubt. They learn how to manage human factors in security; trust management and information assurance.
PGI's pioneering Cyber Academy was opened on 22 September 2014 by Home Office Minister Karen Bradley MP. PGI invested nearly £5 million on high tech training facilities which offer students an immersive training environment with a virtual network of up to 80 sandboxed, networked computers on which to use real malware in highly realistic scenarios that replicate their workplace. The three courses that have been recognised by Bournemouth were amongst the first to be certified by GCHQ, the UK’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, and APM Group under its GCHQ Certified Training (GCT) scheme.
Welcoming Bournemouth’s decision, Professor Brian Brivati, PGI’s Academic Director said: “The world is slowly waking up to the challenge of the Cyber Gap – the distance between the capacity of criminals and hostile governments to steal and disrupt and the skilled workforce we need to defend ourselves. The only way the Gap will be filled is through partnership between universities and industry. Bournemouth have the research base and the teaching excellence to take the practitioners who come through our courses to the next stage. PGI have the practically focused courses needed to underpin more detailed research at Masters level. By combing the two we give students the pathway to a full academic qualification they want and we give the industry the professionals our country so desperately need.”
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