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Head to MSU to Become Experts in Computer Forensics

June 30, 2008

JOB opportunities in computer forensics are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations. Reports on employment trends indicate that computer forensics related professions have seen a positive growth.

Computer forensics is the study of detection and investigation of crime committed on or via computers and computer networks.

Examples of computer-related criminal activity include fraud, pornography, harassment, copyright offences, organised crime and computer misuse.

Due to increasing police awareness of the importance of computer- based evidence in criminal cases, there is an expanding need for computer professionals with the abilities to reliably handle sensitive and irreplaceable materials, to investigate those materials in an appropriate manner, and to prepare appropriate reports for legal personnel.

The skills required by the forensic computing specialists are therefore very broad — deeply technical on the one hand, highly professional on the other.

The opportunities for criminals to use digital electronics are countless: mobile phones hold details of criminal contacts; the Internet is used to distribute pornography; sophisticated fraud is carried out by identity theft. The combination of ready availability, simplicity of use, mobility, phenomenally high performance and ridiculously low price offers the criminal imagination enormous possibilities.

A society where digital crime is limited solely by the criminal imagination is an unpleasant prospect.

This unpleasant living scenario must be controlled — and this can be made through efforts of computer forensic specialists — individuals who prevent crime by ensuring the security of computer systems or who support law enforcement by skilled handling of digital evidence.

A computer forensic programme will partially equip students with the competency to be aware of current and developing principles and practices within the computer forensic field.

To complement the needs of computer forensic experts, Management & Science University (MSU) offers Bachelor and Diploma programmes in Computer Forensics through its Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering (FISE).

The entry requirement to MSU bachelor programmes is Grade C in two subjects including General Paper and D in two subjects in STPM. Students with KPM Matriculation Certificate, A Level, Foundation and other qualifications recognised by the MSU Senate are invited to join the bachelor programmes.

MSU has designed its academic programmes and curriculum based on market requirements to ensure the employability of graduates. This is in line with MSU’s vision of becoming a specialised university of choice, providing holistic academic standards that are relevant to the needs of the industry.

For details, call 03-55106868 or visit www.msu.edu.my

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