Cyber Security (CybSec)

The Cyber Security specialization is part of the Master’s program Computer Science. It is a joint Master’s specialization offered by Delft University of Technology and the University of Twente.

Why Cyber Security ?

Our society critically depends on cyber space for almost everything, including banking, transport & logistics, air travel, energy, telecommunications, flood defence, healthcare, email, social networks, and even warfare. The consequences of cyber security failures could be disastrous and the demand for cyber security specialists is therefore high and rising.

What is Cyber Security ?

Cyber security is about the assessment of cyber risks and the design & implementation of counter-measures. Good cyber security measures start with the prevention of attacks (for example, using encryption, firewalls and awareness campaigns). As ‘100% security’ is unaffordable, the next stage of cyber security is the timely detection of attacks (for example, using intrusion detection tools and data analytics). The third stage is the recovery from attacks (for example, using incident response methods and backups). Cyber risk management is the process used to make sure that the right resources are allocated. It is all about balancing the three types of possible cyber security measures in order to reach states of acceptable risk levels in various cyber domains.

Cyber security is a multidisciplinary field with computer science at its core. For example, it involves cryptography, formal methods, secure software engineering, and machine learning. It also touches on a broad range of supporting disciplines, such as law, economics, criminology, management, and psychology.

Joint programme / 4tu master specialization

The 4TU Cyber Security Master’s specialization offered by the University of Twente and Delft University of Technology gives students taking a Master’s in Computer Science the opportunity to become a highly sought after cyber security specialist.

As a student of the 4TU Cyber Security Master’s specialization, you can enrol in the Computer Science Master at the University of Twente or at Delft University of Technology. Most courses are taught via tele-lecturing, so that travel between the universities is minimal. The programme takes two years and consists of 120 EC courses and project work. You can start in September and in February.

Career opportunities

As a cyber security student, you will not have any problems finding a job. You can work for a variety of organizations, including the police, ministries, the IT security industry, auditors, research organizations and universities, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

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