Network and IT Security specialization

Design and secure the networked world

Network and IT Security specialization (I8051-1)

Networks and IT Security specialization

Distributed computer networks and web-based services cross country and cultural borders. Information, data and software are increasingly stored in the cloud. Yet hardly a day goes by without headlines about hacker attacks, data theft or electronic monitoring in everyday digital life. Nowadays security in the internet is more important than ever. A particular strength of the Networks and IT security specialization is that it combines the design of network technologies with IT security.

You want to bring people together with the help of modern communication networks and give them the tools they need to work together? You enjoy developing apps and are interested in analyzing large amounts of data? Then the Networks and IT Security specialization is right for you. In this interesting, future-oriented field of work, you will design and implement intelligent solutions for networked systems. The technologies of the future, such as smart living in the digital networked house, also need experts with specialized know-how in IT security management.

Programme structure

The bachelor programme takes 7 semesters and is clearly structured. In each semester you will take 5 modules which are generally completed with a graded assessment. The foundation level studies are completed after 2 semesters, the advanced level studies after 5 semesters.

The bachelor programme takes 7 semesters and is clearly structured. In each semester you will take 5 modules which are generally completed with a graded assessment. The foundation level studies are completed after 2 semesters, the advanced level studies after 5 semesters.

You gain practical experience already during your course through the  2 integrated projects in the 4th and 6th semesters. In the 5th semester you do an internship in a software company of your choice. If you wish you can do your 6th semester abroad - and we'll help you find a suitable university. In the 7th semester you complete your degree by writing your thesis, generally within a company.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  •  Broad-based computer science training
    • Techniques for drafting and producing application systems
    • Applications development
  • Project work and project management

Networks and IT Security specialization:

  • Setting up and integration of platforms for network-based services
  • Design of trustworthy communication environments

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Communication, presentation and teamworking skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Business studies and international management

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Development of distributed software systems
  • Management of secure networked systems
  • IT security management
  • IT consulting

Job description and career perspectives

Job perspectives for IT specialists are excellent. The demand for Computer Science graduates with a strong grounding in network technologies and IT security is high. Business, administration and the service industry are searching desperately for IT security specialists. You can also become self-employed, for example as an IT consultant for companies.

Career pathways

  • Development of distributed software systems
  • Networking of intelligent devices, the internet of things
  • Management of secure, networked systems / IT security management
  • IT consulting

Employment sectors

  • IT firms, software companies
  • Telecommunications sector, mobile phone industry
  • Classic service providers such as banks, insurance companies, hospitals, government authorities and administrative offices
  • Consulting firms, particularly in the area of networking and IT security

Further your academic qualifications with a master's degree

After completing your bachelor's degree you will be qualified to take one of the two master's degrees we offer, Computer Science or Mobile Systems. With a master's degree, you will be optimally prepared to take on management responsibilities or to do a doctorate.

 

[Translate to English:] Statement eines Absolventen
Looking back, the Computer Networking programme in 2007 was an excellent choice with regard to preparing me for my everyday work in digitalization, cloud computing and big data. HFU was ahead of its time even then in teaching future-oriented topics.
Michael Goldschmidt, Lead Developer at doubleSlash Net-Business GmbH – our partner in the Industrial Commission, Computer Networking graduate 2007, now the Networking and IT Security specialization