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Dublin Business School (DBS) in conjunction with Microsoft Ireland, their Partner Network and other relevant industry partners have developed an intensive Full and Part-Time Level 8 conversion award for a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IT Infrastructure & Networking).
Programme Aims & Objectives
Recent work carried out by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and as outlined in the National Skills Bulletin (2013) has identified ICT skills demand for Network Specialists & Engineers. In order to address and respond to this ICT skill shortage, DBS have developed a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IT Infrastructure and Networking). Specific skills include Server Message Block, Wireless sensor testing, collaboration functions, router configuration and management, experience with scripting language Java, C+ and network configurations.
Closely linked with this specialist stream, is the increasing demand for ICT security technologies and skills. As outlined in the EGFSN/Forfas report (Nov 2013), it is estimated that spending on IT security products in 2013 was around €25 billion globally and growing at more than 7% over the next three years. The move towards cloud solutions have strengthened the growing need to invest in security as sensitive information may no longer reside on dedicated hardware and the mode of access changes. The ‘Computer Security’ module embedded on the IT Infrastructure stream with the core concepts of computer security includes various tools and techniques for vulnerability discovery and threat analysis. Participants also develop best practice tools and techniques, standards and trends related to computer security.
Following completion of the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IT Infrastructure & Networking) participants will be able to:
• Design, configure & manage a switched network. Implementing a hierarchical structure, loop avoidance, switch convergence and VLANS.
• Design & Implement an IP addressing scheme for a network.
• Understand and describe the operations & functions of a router & its critical role within networking.
• Demonstrate in-depth understanding of WAN technologies, from Frame Relays to MPLS to Metro Ethernet.
• Demonstrate basic system administration tasks such as user management & modifying file permissions.
• Write & execute UNIX/Linux bash scripts which perform common system administration tasks.
• Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the area of virtualization & how underlying virtualization technologies function.
• Identify & analyse several security threats to given computer applications.
• Specify and apply security requirements to counter security problems for given applications.
• Identify several security tools and techniques to develop appropriate security mechanisms for the protection of computer systems.
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