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Higher Diploma in Information Security

Programme Code: HD 135 Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315 hdis@hkuspace.hku.hk

Application Code 報名編號 : CC 80 - 104

This programme introduces fundamental knowledge and skills in Information Security. The curriculum covers different aspects of Information Security, including Audit, Information Security Management System, Network Security, Data Center Security and Forensics.

Some courses are taught by the practitioners from the industry, and our students will be exposed to the state-of-the-art techniques and technologies. Besides conventional lectures and laboratory sessions, the programme team works with the industry to provide students with internship/externship opportunities. Student will be required to complete a self-directed final year project under the supervision of an expert from the industry.

Graduates of this programme can serve as information security sub-professionals. They are equipped with the required knowledge for pursuing the information security-related certifications.They are also capable of becoming information security professionals through further study or professional training plus work experience.

Progression Paths

Graduates can apply for admissions to various UGC-funded degree programmes at local universities. Below are some examples*:

The University of Hong Kong
BEng Computer Science

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BEng Computer Science
BEng Computer Engineering
BEng Information Engineering

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BEng Computer Engineering
BEng Computer Science
   
City University of Hong Kong
BEng Computer and Data Engineering
BSc Computer Science

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Broad Discipline of Computing
BSc (Hons) Information Security
BSc (Hons) Internet & Multimedia Technologies
   
Hong Kong Baptist University
BSc (Hons) Computer Science
   
The Education University of Hong Kong
BEd (Hons) (Information and Communication Technology) - Secondary

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to  various degree programmes offered locally by HKU SPACE International College.

Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

University of South Australia
Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Cybersecurity) LBCP

Career Prospects

Graduates of our programme can apply for the following jobs in the market: 

  • Information Security Engineer
  • Junior Information System Auditor (Non-Big4 Firm)
  • Security Production Pre-sales person
  • Junior Penetration Tester
  • Secure Coding Developer

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

GENERIC SKILLS
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Daily Life Applications
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • English for Science and Technology
  • Practical Chinese

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING COURSE

  • Project (Information Security)
    or
    Internship (Information Technology)
SPECIALISM

Year 1 

  • Information Security
  • Information Security Administration
  • Computer Systems and Network Protocol Essentials
  • Ethics and Computing Professionalism 
  • Project Management for Information Technology
  • Local Area Networking
  • Security Audit Fundamentals 

Year 2 

  • Shell Programming
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Information Security Management Systems
  • Introduction to Computer Forensics
  • Data Center Security Requirements and Compliances
  • Network Security

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Cheung Ching Fung, Matt
Cheung Ching Fung, Matt
  • 2019 Year 2, Higher Diploma in Information Security
  • Offer received: BEng in Computer Science, HKUST

Information  Security  when  compared  with  IT  is  a  relatively  new domain for many people nowadays, it is not hard to discover the news that about data disclosure and system security loophole. Along with the advancing of technology, use of IT raises Information Security to an important role, that’s what I noticed about the future potential of this subject and the reason I study in.

This programme contains a wide area of knowledge than IT subject, you will learn professional skills such as hacking (also defense), auditing, forensics management skills and compliance. Networking and  programing  (C  and  shell),  these  courses  same  as  other  IT student will not missing in this programme. It can help you to build abilities on either management or technology.

Apart from the programme itself, lecturers are one of the main factors that leading student to success. Lecturers enjoy sharing their stories and experiences, willing to discuss and guiding students. It is better to ask the way than go astray during college time.

If you are interested in information security and want to expand the view of your future studies and careers. Information Security will be a good choice for you. Everything must have a beginning, hope to see you to start your journey here.

Bob Chan
Bob Chan
  • Higher Diploma in Information Technology (2008-2010)
  • BSc Information Management, HKU (2010-2012)
  • CISSP, PCI QSA
  • Part-time Lecturer, HKU SPACE Community College

Back to 10 years ago, I was a student of HD in IT. Despite my major was networking, I had opportunities to learn about Information Security and entered the industry after my bachelor studies. Now I am back to HKU SPACE as a lecturer of the new programme HD in Information Security.

If one is asking me why I come back to teach, there are two reasons behind:

First, when compared with IT, Information security is a relatively new domain for people, corporates, institutions and even the society. Due to the fast advancement of technologies and increasing utilization in various industries, more security breakout and concern can be seen (and foreseen). However, shortage of manpower is a major problem throughout the industry, especially in entry level. So I would like to train more people for the whole industry, like what I have gone through in these years.

Another reason is to convey (correct) awareness of information security to teenagers and even the general public, for the misconceptions I have seen nowadays. From TV episodes, movies or the Internet we can see hackers who possess great abilities to destroy or save the world, and teenagers are being attracted and want to become such a person. But the truth is, this industry is a lot more than hackers and technical skills.

In this programme you will learn professional knowledge and skills necessary to survive in this industry, from compliance, audit, management, to technical skills, forensics and hacking (which is pursued by many). Also, you will hear sharing of stories and experience from our adventures in information security field.

My colleagues and I are here to help you to build interests and abilities, as well as provide guidance for your future studies or careers. Looking forward to seeing you around.

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