University of Madras launched Master’s & Diploma Program in Cyber Forensics
The Department of Criminology of the University of Madras has launched a master’s and a diploma programme in cyber forensics.
The programme – M.Sc. in Cyber Forensics and Information Security (2 years) and Diploma in Cyber Crime and Information Security (one year) – were begun with financial assistance from the University Grants Commission in the academic year 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.
The programmes were launched after a recommendation on the need for the development of education in the area of cyber forensics and information technology. A working group on cyber security was constituted by Central Government’s Department of Information Technology for this purpose.
In the first year, 20 students were taken in, and more than half of them were women. The course was divided into four semesters and experts in the field of IT and cyber laws were roped in to teach the subjects.
At the end of every semester students had to undertake a practical session. In the fourth semester students are required to take up a project work
All students of the first batch have passed and seven of them, including women students, have been placed in companies such as Cognizant Technologies Solutions, Valiant Technologies, Ernst and Young, Wipro, HCL, IBM, HDFC and Satyam. The students have been taken in as information security professionals.
All those who have a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Computer Science, B.E. or B. Tech. can apply, says R. Thilagaraj, head of the Department of Criminology.
The course, being taught by guest faculty drawn from various reputed IT companies, begins with an introduction to criminology and criminal justice administration.