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MSU Offers Course in Computer Forensics

August 18, 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 ability to reliably handle sensitive and irreplaceable materials, to investigate those materials in an appropriate manner and to prepare appropriate reports to legal personnel.

The skills required by forensic computing specialists are therefore very broad – deeply technical on 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 forensics 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 forensics experts, Management and Science University (MSU) offers the bachelor and diploma programmes in computer forensics through its Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering (FISE).

The entry requirement to MSU Bachelor programmes are 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 programme while entry requirement for MSU Diploma programmes are SPM with five credits including Bahasa Melayu, Mathematics and the sciences.

MSU has designed its academic programmes and develops the curriculums based on market requirements to ensure the employability of graduates.

This goes 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 and the nation while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

MSU also offer health sciences, business management, medical and foundation programmes through the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Faculty of Business Management and Professional Studies, International Medical School, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, Centre for Foundation Studies, Centre for Flexible Learning and the Graduate Management Centre.

For details, call 03-5510 6868 or visit www.msu.edu.my

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