New Standard in Ethical Hacking – University and Industry Partnership Creates New Qualification

The University of Glamorgan and leading Information Security Company 7Safe have teamed up to launch a world-first Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in Penetration Testing and Information Security.

The unique qualification offers IT professionals the opportunity to learn about penetration testing (ethical hacking) and information security in depth, acquiring a recognised qualification in the process.

Principal lecturer at the University of Glamorgan’s School of Computing Dr Andrew Blyth said, “The introduction of this specialist qualification broadens the scope of our existing IT education programme. It will assist the career development of individuals wishing to progress in this fascinating area. The theoretical and practical elements of the programme will provide students with transferable skills which are of tangible benefit in the industry”.

The content of the qualification includes penetration testing, wireless security and computer forensics, plus a course devoted to implementing BS 7799 – the government-recognised Information Security Standard now swelling in importance within the industry. This is a comprehensive PgC which will help students in the development of their professional careers.

7Safe Managing Director Alan Phillips commented, “This respected university has further enhanced the credibility of our education and certification programme. The accreditation recognises our commitment to promoting best practice within the IT industry and creating a benchmark by which IT professionals can demonstrate their competence. The industry has been asking for this for a long time”.

The need for this type of qualification has been highlighted by the huge rise in cyber-terrorism and internet related crime in recent years and the associated costs. According to a recent survey conducted by The Department of Trade and Industry, the average cost of a security breach equals £30,000.

The PgC includes the Certified Security Testing Associate and Professional (CSTA, CSTP) and Certified Forensic Investigation Analyst (CFIA) qualifications. It also earns students Masters-level credits which can contribute towards a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) or a Masters (MSc) in one of several computer security-related subjects, should they wish to undertake further study. Please contact 7Safe or The University of Glamorgan for further information.

Notes to Editors

About the University of Glamorgan

The University offers a range of postgraduate and undergraduate courses in computer security. Course leaders are well respected in the field of computer forensics.

For more information, please visit or phone the General Enquiries Number on 0800 716 925

About 7Safe Information Security

7Safe is an Information Security services practice established by experienced IT security professionals. Independent of IT security vendors and their products, 7Safe has built a reputation for the development and delivery of an innovative portfolio of information security training and consulting, including penetration testing, computer forensics investigation and risk management. Information security concerns all organisations and this is reflected by the diversity of 7Safe clients which include the Police, Ministry of Defence, as well as corporates from the retail, finance, insurance, telecoms, oil, pharmaceutical and leisure sectors.

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