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Integrated MSc. In Cyber Security

The Integrated M.Sc. Cyber Security is a five-year program that combines undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the field of cyber security. It aims to equip students with the technical knowledge and skills needed to protect and defend computer systems and networks from cyber threats. The program covers various aspects of cyber security, such as information security management, risk management, network security, data protection, cryptography, digital forensics, and ethical hacking. The program also includes practical training and internship programs to provide students with hands-on experience in real-world scenarios.

Foundational Year (Semester 1 and Semester 2)

Semester – 1

The program consists of core courses and program courses that cover the fundamentals and advanced topics of cyber security. The core courses are common for all students and provide a strong foundation in the principles of cyber security. The program courses are specific to each semester and allow students to specialize in different areas of cybersecurity. The following are the semester-specific outcomes in core courses and program courses for semester 1 of Integrated M.Sc. Cyber Security:

Core Courses

EloquencePro

This course aims to develop the communication skills of students, both oral and written, that are essential for academic and professional success. Students will learn how to communicate effectively in different contexts, such as presentations, reports, emails, and discussions. Students will also learn how to use appropriate language, tone, style, and format for different audiences and purposes.

Math ‘O Brain’

This course aims to provide students with the mathematical background and tools that are required for cyber security. Students will learn topics such as algebra, calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, and statistics. Students will also learn how to apply these topics to solve problems related to cyber security.

Digital Dynamo

This course aims to introduce students to the basics of information technology and its applications in cyber security. Students will learn topics such as computer hardware, software, operating systems, networking, databases, web technologies, and cloud computing. Students will also learn how to use these technologies to create and maintain secure systems.

Program Courses

Cyber Matters

This course aims to provide students with an overview of the ethical and legal issues related to cyber security. Students will learn topics such as cyber ethics, cyber crimes, cyber laws, cyber rights, cyber responsibilities, cyber policies, and cyber governance. Students will also learn how to analyze and evaluate ethical and legal dilemmas in cyber security scenarios.

Mandatory Certification

Ethical Hacking Certification by Reputed OEM

This course aims to prepare students for the Ethical Hacking certification exam by a reputed original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Students will learn topics such as penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, hacking tools and techniques, hacking countermeasures, and hacking best practices. Students will also learn how to perform ethical hacking on various systems and networks using the OEM’s software.
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Semester – 2

The program also offers elective courses that allow students to choose from a variety of topics based on their interests and career goals. Some of the elective courses are:

Core Courses

Building Blocks

This course provides students with an overview of the basic building blocks of computer systems. It covers topics such as digital logic design, binary arithmetic, combinational circuits, sequential circuits, registers, counters, memory units, microprocessors, instruction sets, assembly language programming, and interfacing devices.

Environmental Science

This course explores the interrelationships between humans and the natural environment. It covers topics such as ecology, biodiversity, population dynamics, natural resources, energy sources, pollution, climate change, sustainable development, and environmental ethics.

Program Courses

NetWizard

This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques of network administration and management. It covers topics such as network architectures, protocols, devices, services, security, troubleshooting, and performance optimization.

JavaJazz

This course teaches students how to develop applications using the Java programming language. It covers topics such as object-oriented programming, data types, operators, control structures, arrays, strings, exceptions, inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, abstract classes, collections, generics, input/output streams, threads, sockets, applets, servlets, JavaBeans, JDBC, RMI, JSPs.

MathMavericks

This course covers advanced topics in mathematics that are relevant to cybersecurity. It covers topics such as discrete mathematics, linear algebra, calculus, probability, statistics, graph theory, number theory, and cryptography.

Mandatory Certification

Python Certification by Reputed OEM

This course prepares students for the Python certification exam offered by a reputed original equipment manufacturer (OEM). It covers topics such as Python syntax, data types, operators, control structures, functions, modules, packages, classes, objects, inheritance, polymorphism, exceptions, file handling, regular expressions, collections, generators, decorators, lambda functions, and standard library modules. Each course is defined by the respective course instructors based on the course objectives and learning outcomes. The students are expected to demonstrate their mastery of the course content through various assessments such as assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, presentations, and exams. The students are also expected to adhere to the academic integrity policies and ethical standards of the program.
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Semester – 3

The semester-specific outcomes in core courses and program courses are as follows

Core Courses

OS Omniverse: This course introduces the concepts and principles of operating systems, such as processes, threads, memory management, file systems, concurrency, synchronization, and security. Students will learn how to use various tools and commands to interact with different operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and MacOS. Students will also explore the features and challenges of distributed, parallel, and cloud-based operating systems.

DataZenith

This course covers the fundamentals of data structures and algorithms, such as arrays, lists, stacks, queues, trees, graphs, sorting, searching, hashing, and dynamic programming. Students will learn how to analyze the time and space complexity of algorithms using asymptotic notation and recurrence relations. Students will also apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems using Python.

PyProdigy

This course teaches the basics of Python programming language, such as syntax, data types, variables, operators, expressions, control structures, functions, modules, and exceptions. Students will learn how to write clear, concise, and modular code using Python’s standard library and third-party packages. Students will also develop their problem-solving and debugging skills using various tools and techniques.

Program Courses

KaliKarnage

Mastering Kali Linux
This course exposes students to the world of ethical hacking and penetration testing using Kali Linux, a popular Linux distribution for security professionals. Students will learn how to install and configure Kali Linux on various platforms, such as virtual machines, live USBs, and cloud servers. Students will also learn how to use various tools and frameworks in Kali Linux to perform reconnaissance, scanning, exploitation, post-exploitation, and reporting tasks on different targets.

Mandatory Certification

Linux certification by a Reputed OEM

This course prepares students for the Linux certification exam offered by a reputed original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The course covers the topics and objectives of the exam syllabus, such as system administration, networking, security, shell scripting, and troubleshooting. Students will also practice their skills using mock tests and labs.
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Semester – 4

The program consists of core courses and program courses that cover various topics related to cybersecurity. The core courses provide students with a strong foundation in mathematics, computer science, and engineering, while the program courses offer specialized knowledge and skills in specific areas of cybersecurity. The program also includes open electives and MOOC courses that allow students to explore their interests and enhance their learning. The semester-specific outcomes for semester 4 of the Integrated M.Sc. Cyber Security are as follows:

Core Courses

DataMatrix

Magic of Data Structures – This course teaches students how to use data structures effectively to solve various computational problems. Students will learn about different types of data structures, such as arrays, lists, stacks, queues, trees, graphs, hash tables, etc., and their applications, advantages, and disadvantages. Students will also learn how to analyze the time and space complexity of algorithms using data structures.

Indian Constitution – MOOC

This course provides students with an overview of the Indian Constitution and its salient features. Students will learn about the historical background, structure, philosophy, values, principles, and provisions of the Constitution. Students will also learn about the rights and duties of citizens, the role and functions of various organs of government, the federal system, the electoral system, the judicial system, etc.

Program Courses

DataShield

Database Security Uncovered – This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques of database security, such as encryption, authentication, authorization, auditing, and intrusion detection. Students will learn how to design and implement secure database systems and applications, as well as how to prevent and respond to database attacks.

ComputeX

Theory of Computation – This course explores the fundamental concepts and models of computation, such as automata, formal languages, grammars, Turing machines, computability, decidability, complexity classes, etc. Students will learn how to construct and manipulate these models, as well as how to prove their properties and limitations. Students will also learn how these models relate to various aspects of computer science and cyber security.

Open Elective – 1 (MOOC/Swayam)

This course allows students to choose a MOOC or Swayam course from a list of approved courses offered by various institutions or platforms. The course should be related to cyber security or computer science or any other relevant discipline. The course should have a minimum duration of 12 weeks and a minimum credit of 3.

Mandatory Certification

Networking Certification by Reputed OEM

This course prepares students for obtaining a networking certification by a reputed original equipment manufacturer (OEM), such as Cisco or Microsoft or CompTIA or others. The course covers the basics of networking concepts, protocols, devices, topologies, architectures, etc., as well as the practical skills required for installing, configuring, troubleshooting, and maintaining networks.
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Semester – 5

Semester-specific outcomes for semester 5 of Integrated M.Sc. cyber security having the following subjects: Semester-specific outcomes for semester 5 of Integrated M.Sc. cyber security having the following subjects:

Internship

Summer Internship / Project (evaluation)

This is a mandatory course that requires students to undergo an internship or a project in a relevant industry or organization and submit a report on their work and learning outcomes.

Program Courses

CyberHawk

Solving Cyber Crimes: This is a core course that introduces students to the concepts and techniques of cyber crime investigation and analysis. Students will learn how to collect, preserve, and examine digital evidence, as well as how to use various tools and methods to solve cyber crimes.

Cyber Sleuths

Securing the Internet of Things: This is a program course that focuses on the security challenges and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), which is a network of interconnected devices that collect and exchange data. Students will learn how to design, implement, and test secure IoT systems, as well as how to identify and mitigate IoT vulnerabilities and attacks.

CryptoXcel

Applied Cryptography: This is a program course that teaches students the fundamentals and applications of cryptography, which is the science of secure communication. Students will learn how to use various cryptographic algorithms and protocols to encrypt, decrypt, and authenticate data, as well as how to analyze their security and efficiency.

Mandatory Certification

Digital Forensics Certification by Reputed OEM

This is a certification course that prepares students for the digital forensics certification exam offered by a reputed original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Students will gain practical skills and knowledge in digital forensics through hands-on labs and exercises.

Electives

Elective-1

Personality Development OR Elective-1: Corporate Communication: This is an elective course that allows students to choose between two options: personality development or corporate communication. Personality development aims to enhance students’ personal and professional skills, such as self-confidence, leadership, teamwork, and communication. Corporate communication aims to improve students’ oral and written communication skills in a business context, such as presentations, reports, emails, and meetings.
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Semester – 6

Program Core Courses

Cyber Fortress – Information Security Management System: This course introduces the concepts and standards of information security management systems (ISMS), such as ISO/IEC 27001, and how they can be implemented and audited in an organization.

WebVigilant

Explore the unexplored Web Application Security: This course covers the techniques and tools for identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in web applications, such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, etc.

Cloud Ninjas

Mastering Cloud Security: This course covers the security challenges and best practices for cloud computing environments, such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, etc. It also covers the standards and frameworks for cloud security, such as ISO/IEC 27017 and PCI-DSS.

Mandatory Certification

ISO Certification by Reputed OEM

This certification validates the students’ knowledge and skills in implementing and auditing ISMS based on ISO/IEC 27001.

Program Electives

Elective-2: ISO/IEC 27017

This course covers the code of practice for information security controls for cloud services based on ISO/IEC 27002.

Elective-2: PCI-DSS

This course covers the payment card industry data security standard (PCI-DSS) for protecting cardholder data in payment transactions.
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Semester – 7

Program internships

Summer Internship / Project (evaluation)

Students will gain practical experience in applying their cyber security skills in real-world scenarios and will be evaluated based on their performance and report.

Program Core Courses

Cryptosheild and Web 3.0 wizard -Blockchain and Web 3.0 Security

Students will learn about the concepts and applications of blockchain technology and web 3.0, and how to secure them from various attacks.

Mobile Vigilant

Mobile Application Security: Students will learn how to design, develop, and test secure mobile applications for different platforms and devices.

360° Surveillance with Security Operations Center

Students will learn how to monitor, analyze, and respond to cyber incidents using various tools and techniques in a security operations center.

Mandatory Certification

VAPT Certification by reputed OEM

Students will prepare for and obtain a certification in vulnerability assessment and penetration testing by a reputed original equipment manufacturer.

Program Electives

Elective-3

MITRE Framework OR Elective-3: Metasploit-Framework: Students will choose one of these electives to learn about either the MITRE framework, which is a common language for describing cyber adversary behavior, or the Metasploit framework, which is a popular tool for conducting penetration testing.
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Semester – 8

The eighth semester of the Integrated M.Sc. cyber security program aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to tackle real-world challenges in the field of cyber security. The semester consists of five courses, as follows:

Projects

Startup Project

This course provides an opportunity for students to work on a cyber security project of their choice, under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The project should demonstrate innovation, creativity, and relevance to the current trends and needs of the cyber security industry. The course also covers topics such as entrepreneurship, business planning, pitching, and funding.

Core Courses

ReverseRealm

Applied Reverse Engineering: This course introduces the concepts and techniques of reverse engineering, which is the process of analyzing software or hardware without access to its source code or design documents. The course covers topics such as static and dynamic analysis, debugging tools, disassembly, decompilation, patching, and obfuscation. The course also exposes students to various applications of reverse engineering, such as malware analysis, vulnerability discovery, software protection, and digital forensics.

Malware Maveric -Malware Analysis

This course focuses on the analysis of malicious software (malware), which is one of the most prevalent and dangerous threats in cyber security. The course covers topics such as malware types, characteristics, behavior, infection vectors, detection methods, and analysis tools. The course also teaches students how to perform static and dynamic analysis of malware samples, identify their functionality, origin, and purpose, and develop countermeasures and mitigation strategies.

HackShield AI

This course explores the use of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for enhancing cyber security. The course covers topics such as machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and data mining. The course also demonstrates how AI can be applied to various cyber security domains, such as intrusion detection, malware classification, phishing detection, spam filtering, sentiment analysis, face recognition, and biometric authentication.

Elective-7

Machine Learning OR Elective-8: Programming in Assembly: This course allows students to choose between two elective options

Machine Learning

This course introduces the fundamentals of machine learning, which is the study of algorithms that can learn from data without explicit programming. The course covers topics such as supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, classification, regression, clustering, dimensionality reduction, neural networks, and deep learning. The course also exposes students to various applications of machine learning in cyber security, such as anomaly detection, malware detection, spam filtering, and botnet detection.

Programming in Assembly

This course introduces the basics of assembly language programming, which is the low-level representation of machine instructions. The course covers topics such as assembly syntax, registers, memory addressing modes, arithmetic operations, logical operations, control flow, subroutines, interrupts, and system calls. The course also teaches students how to write assembly programs for various platforms and architectures, such as x86, x64, ARM, and MIPS.

Mandatory Certifications

Malware Analysis Certification by Reputed OEM

  • Familiarity with basic concepts of computer security and malware
  • Understanding of how malware infects systems and how to detect it
  • Basic understanding of assembly language and reverse engineering
  • Proficiency in using static analysis tools to analyze malware
  • Ability to write basic scripts to automate malware analysis
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Semester – 9

The semester consists of one subject: “Internship Project 1 – Fulltime – Industry Attachment/ Startup Incubation /Dissertation”

Students will be able to identify and define a real-world problem related to cyber security and propose a feasible solution.

Students will be able to conduct a literature review and a gap analysis on the existing research and practices in the chosen domain of cyber security.

Students will be able to design and implement a prototype or a proof-of-concept of their proposed solution using appropriate tools and techniques.

Students will be able to evaluate and test their solution against relevant criteria and standards and report the results and findings.

Students will be able to communicate their project effectively to various stakeholders, such as supervisors, peers, industry partners, and potential investors, through oral presentations and written reports.

Students will be able to demonstrate professionalism, ethical awareness, teamwork, and self-management skills throughout the project.

Mandatory Certification

The SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) Certification by OEM: Unlocking Opportunities for Cybersecurity Professionals

Introduction

The field of cybersecurity is constantly evolving, and staying up-to-date with the latest tools and technologies is essential for professionals in this industry. One such certification that holds significant value in the cybersecurity domain is the SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) certification offered by OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). In this article, we will explore the benefits of obtaining a master level SIEM certification from an OEM and how it can enhance a cybersecurity professional’s career.

Enhanced Skills

The SIEM certification by OEM is designed to validate a cybersecurity professional’s expertise in managing security information and events using OEM-specific SIEM tools or platforms. By obtaining this certification, professionals can demonstrate their mastery in utilizing these tools and platforms offered by the specific OEM. This showcases a higher level of competency in various areas, including data collection, correlation, analysis, and reporting. It equips the certification holder with enhanced skills that can be invaluable in managing complex security scenarios and providing effective solutions.

Career Advancement

Obtaining a master level SIEM certification from an OEM can significantly boost career opportunities for cybersecurity professionals. With this certification, professionals can open doors to higher-level job roles that come with increased responsibilities and better remuneration. Job roles such as security architect, security consultant, or security manager may become more accessible with this certification on one’s resume. Moreover, the certification can enhance the individual’s credibility in the cybersecurity job market, making them more competitive among their peers and increasing their chances of career advancement.

Industry Recognition

The SIEM certification by OEM adds credibility and recognition within the cybersecurity industry. It validates the individual’s expertise in using specific OEM SIEM tools, which can be highly sought after by organizations that use those tools. This recognition can lead to increased trust from employers, clients, and colleagues, and may result in greater professional opportunities. Being certified by an OEM demonstrates a higher level of specialization, which can set professionals apart in a crowded job market and make them stand out as trusted experts in their field.

Expanded Knowledge

Pursuing a master level SIEM certification from an OEM involves in-depth learning and understanding of the specific SIEM tools offered by that OEM. The certification program may cover advanced topics, providing insights into best practices, techniques, and strategies for effectively managing security information and events using those tools. This expanded knowledge can further enhance the individual’s ability to handle complex security scenarios and provide valuable solutions. The in-depth learning and understanding gained through the certification program can significantly expand the professional’s knowledge base and make them a subject matter expert in their field.

Networking Opportunities

Obtaining a master level SIEM certification from an OEM can also provide networking opportunities for cybersecurity professionals. Certified professionals may get the chance to network with other certified professionals, industry experts, and OEM representatives. This networking can enable the certification holder to establish valuable connections, share knowledge, and stay updated with the latest trends and developments in the field of cybersecurity. Networking can open doors to new opportunities, collaborations, and partnerships, which can further boost the professional growth of the certification holder.
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Semester – 10

Semester-specific outcomes for semester 8 of Integrated M.Sc. cyber security having the following subjects

“Internship Project 2 – Fulltime – Industry Attachment/ Startup Incubation /Dissertation”

The main outcome of this semester is to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in the previous semesters to a real-world problem or challenge in the field of cyber security. The students will have three options to choose from

Internship Project 2 – Fulltime – Industry Attachment

The students will work full-time in an industry partner organization for six months, under the supervision of a mentor from the organization and a faculty member from the institute. The students will be involved in a cyber security project that aligns with their interests and skills and will learn from the industry’s best practices and standards. The students will submit a report and give a presentation on their project at the end of the semester.

Startup Incubation

The students will form teams and work on developing their own cyber security startup idea, under the guidance of a faculty member from the institute and a mentor from an incubator or accelerator. The students will conduct market research, develop a prototype, test their product or service, and pitch their idea to potential investors and customers. The students will submit a business plan and give a demo of their product or service at the end of the semester.

Dissertation

The students will conduct original research on a topic of their choice in cyber security, under the supervision of a faculty member from the institute. The students will review the literature, formulate a research question, design and implement a methodology, collect and analyze data, and write a dissertation. The students will defend their dissertations in front of an examination committee at the end of the semester.

Research Methodology

Research Design

This refers to the overall plan and strategy that outlines how the research will be conducted, including the type of study (e.g., experimental, correlational, qualitative), sampling methods, data collection techniques, and data analysis procedures.

Data Collection Methods

These are the techniques used to gather data, such as surveys, interviews, observations, experiments, or existing data from secondary sources. The selection of appropriate data collection methods depends on the research question, research design, and the nature of the data needed.

Data Analysis Techniques

These are the methods used to analyze and interpret the collected data, such as statistical analysis, content analysis, thematic analysis, or qualitative coding. The choice of data analysis techniques depends on the type of data collected and the research objectives.

Sampling Techniques

These are the methods used to select a representative sample from the population under study. Sampling techniques may include random sampling, stratified sampling, cluster sampling, or purposive sampling, depending on the research design and research question.

Ethical Considerations

Research methodology also includes considerations of ethical principles and guidelines, such as informed consent, confidentiality, protection of participants’ rights, and minimization of potential harm.

Validity and Reliability

Research methodology involves ensuring the validity and reliability of the research findings. Validity refers to the accuracy and truthfulness of the research results, while reliability refers to the consistency and stability of the research findings over time and across different contexts.

Research Limitations

Researchers should also acknowledge the limitations of their study, such as sample size, sample characteristics, data collection constraints, or potential biases, which may affect the generalizability and interpretation of the findings.
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