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29.06.2021
M.SC. IN COMPUTING

M.Sc. in Computing, specialization: Software Engineering (Faculty of Computing and Telecommunications), duration: 3 semesters, 90 ECTS points

The term “software engineering” was coined in 1968, during the NATO conference in Garmish. It was used in response to the problems associated with a software development that then still young IT sector was facing. Although more than 40 years have passed, the software development in many IT companies is still chaotic. Software is frequently delivered after the deadline, it costs much more than anticipated at the beginning, developers are often forced to work over-hours, and despite all these efforts, the software that is delivered does not meet customer needs and contains too many defects. The goal of Software Engineering as a discipline, is to deliver solutions that can be used to mitigate the problems associated with the software development by applying engineering methods to its development. Since 1998, Poznan University of Technology offers a M.Sc. program in Software Engineering. The curriculum aims at providing graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform three important roles in IT projects:

Project Manager – project management methodologies, risk management, planning (size and effort estimation of software development);

Analyst – business process modeling, elicitation of functional and non-functional requirements for information systems, and preparation of acceptance tests;

Architect, senior developer – object-oriented design, software architectures, real-time systems, and software testing.

An important element of the curriculum is the Software Development Studio (SDS). This is a very practical form of studying. During the SDS course students are involved in projects delivering real software for real customers. Therefore, they have an opportunity to use different methods, standards, and tools for software development in practice. Each team is composed of four 4th-year students working towards Bachelor Degree and two or three students from the M.Sc. program in Software Engineering. Fourth-year students play the roles of designers and programrs, while the Software Engineering students are supposed to act as project managers, analysts or architects. All the courses offered within the M.Sc. program in Software Engineering are in English. The candidates should have Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics or related fields.

 

M.Sc. in Computing, specialization: Cyber Security (Faculty of Computing and Telecommunications), duration: 3 semesters, 90 ECTS points

Specialization in Cyber Security was created in response to the demand for specialists in the field of security both future researchers and employees of various organizations or companies, both in Poland and abroad. The need for these professionals is growing all over the world, including Europe and Poland. A significant part of job offers for IT specialists in Poland are offers for specialists in the field of cyber security or job offers in which one of the requirements is the knowledge of security issues in information systems. 
In today's world, all organizations must be prepared to defend against cyber threats. Numerous successful attacks on systems that show weaknesses at all levels of security, from algorithms to protocols and applications to entire systems, show how difficult it is to design and implement a secure system. Another difficulty is the assessment of the security level of an IT system. Every ICT system should meet the basic criteria of confidentiality of stored, processed, and transmitted data, integrity, and availability. It should also be prepared to defend itself against threats, know what threats it is susceptible to, and be able to manage it in case of an incident.
Sources of threats include new technologies, developing smart homes and cities, where dependence on connecting everything to the Internet is growing exponentially, and which at the same time - in the absence of unified standards - creates new gaps in security. Organizations are increasingly storing their data and information online, and data left online is highly vulnerable to attacks. Moreover, cyber-attack vectors such as ransomware, phishing, online fraud, and removable media risks leave essentially no room for online data storage and sharing of any sensitive data. Implementing proper cyber security solutions is a must to avoid these threats.
Graduates of the Cyber Security specialization will have advanced practical knowledge (selected lectures will be conducted by specialists in each field) and will be prepared to conduct research on widely understood information and communication security (design of cryptographic algorithms, protocols, analysis and evaluation of systems' security, applications, information and communication networks, Internet of Things, malware analysis or security aspects of data processing and storage).
Students of the Cyber Security specialization will have such subjects as: general introduction to cyber security issues (developed in detail in subsequent courses); cryptography and cryptanalysis (design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms and protocols); advanced security of IT systems; theoretical and practical functional security; network security, including security of wireless networks, security of software-defined networks; development, testing and evaluation of application security; security of the Internet of Things IoT; security of Big Data analysis, security breaches in Clouds and Data Centers. They will also learn about issues concerning the latest trends and emerging technologies, such as blockchain and smart contracts.
Within the framework of each specialization subject great emphasis is placed on the practical application of the given subject matter. Courses providing broad practical knowledge will be conducted in specialized laboratories equipped with equipment from Cisco Systems, Huawei, and Juniper Networks. Graduates will be prepared to conduct penetration tests, analyze malicious software, and manage IT systems, as well as take courses that prepare them for certification exams of such companies as Cisco or Huawei. In the future, graduates of this specialization will know the principles and best practices of cyber security, to effectively analyze, design and protect ICT systems. 
The proposed specialization is implemented in cooperation with domestic and foreign partners (Intel, Global Cybersecurity Institute Rochester, Florida International University).

 

 

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