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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

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BEng (Hons) Computer Science
   
City University of Hong Kong
BEng Computer 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
BSc (Hons) Computing & Information Systems
BSc (Hons) Computing Studies
   
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 the full-time top-up degree programme offered locally by HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with overseas renowned university:

University of London International Programmes (Lead College: Goldsmiths)
Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems

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)
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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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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