The internet has many threats. Due to all forms of cybercrime, more and more security professionals are needed to develop well-secured IT-systems, -applications, and -environments and to take further security measures.
Within the specialisation we look at the attack side and the defense side of cyber security. For the attacking side you train your hacking skills and you learn to apply these in security testing (pen testing, red teaming, vulnerability research). You will apply this in real live projects for partner companies. For the defense side you learn to set up a secure network environment, how threats can be monitored and detected and how you can respond to threats and incidents (blue teaming).
Other aspects that are discussed are cybercrime & legislation, privacy legislation, responsible disclosure, cryptographic applications, risk management, user awareness. After your internship you can further specialise in the cyber security minor, in red teaming, blue teaming and security engineering.
“Capture the Flag (CTF) environments and events are a nice way to train your hacker mindset and your hacking skills. Learning by Hacking!” Casper Schellekens - Lecturer ICT & Cyber Security
You will learn everything about security: the threats, hacking techniques, detection and analysis of its outcomes, as well as possible solutions. In the the second year, the focus will be on the attack side and the defense side of security: Ethical hacking, Network security, Incident analysis, Risk analysis, Law and Ethics. Your hacking mind-set will be trained, for instance by conducting pentests and vulnerability research. This also enhances your knowledge of IT networks and system technology.
We also look at how companies handle hacking threats with, for instance, responsible disclosure policies. In the second semester we will also start working with all kinds of techniques used in network security, like firewalls and intrusion detection systems. We will also look at the non-technical aspects and information security in general.
Do you want to know more about content of this specialisation, please have a look at the semester guides, displayed on Sharepoint.
Examples of professions within the ICS field are pentester, security engineer, SOC analyst. Companies involved in education in this field are Secura, EY, Orange Cyberdefense, Whitehats, Northwave, ATOS.