University to teach computer hacking

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A university in Scotland is launching a course to teach students how to be computer hackers. But don’t worry – the degree course at Abertay University in Dundee is teaching "ethical" hacking, which should make us all safer from the villains.

The prospectus for the new course makes reference to the saying, "it takes a thief to catch a thief", with students being taught how to bypass sophisticated security systems so they can advise organisations how to protect their networks from external threats. Applicants to the four-year BSc in Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures will also face a tough government vetting process to ensure students do not enrol with the intention of using their skills illegally.

The university is hoping the course will gain accreditation from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Institute of Information Security Professionals and the British Computer Society.

Abertay University

Via The BBC

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