Combating cybercrime

Cyber Security Analyst

Chris Miller, Computing tutor and Palo Alto Networks Instructor

Alongside the many benefits of the digital evolution also comes the growth of cyber crime. Ranging from small scale fraud to last years' hack that cost the NHS £92 million, its impact is incredibly detrimental to businesses and consumers alike.

Last year’s attack on the NHS saw the cancellation of 19,000 appointments and raised serious questions on the level of security in place to protect the NHS and organisations of the same scale and influence.

Threats like this highlight the global skills shortage for cyber security professionals and with both governments and the private sector affected by the shortage, and targets for cyber criminals, demand for highly skilled well trained staff is high.

So what’s needed to become a cyber security specialist or ethical hacker?


A core understanding of computing is essential. This includes fundamentals such as web scripting, operating systems, programming and networking.


Alongside learning core computing skills, you’ll need to develop and understanding of e-crime and the law surrounding breaches. You’ll learn the practical skills required to investigate a variety of digital devices, computer misuse and computer security.


Get inside the mind of a hacker and learn the skills and techniques that may be used. You’ll develop a skillset to audit security systems and develop techniques to increase security and prevent hacks. 

Study a FdSc followed by a BSc (Hons) in Computing Network Security to gain the sought after qualifications and enter an exciting, evolving, and rapidly expanding industry.

At UCEN Manchester our courses are fast-paced and heavily practical,  encouraging students to explore their individual interests in order to develop as InfoSec practitioner or engineer.

Apply now for our FdSc or BSc (Hons) in Computing Network Security (Top-up) or explore our wider range of computing qualifications.