Life as an Information Security student4 isc

Identifying vulnerabilities in cloud servers.

Developing e-mail security protocols for your department's internal communications network.

These are just some of the things you'll be doing in a typical day as an information security student.

Information Security is all about keeping computer systems safe. As a student of Information Security, you'll learn to identify vulnerabilities in systems, develop security protocols, and respond to attempted breaches.

In your studies, you will learn everything you need to secure and safeguard computer systems. From cryptography and malware detection to social engineering and security law, you will gain a foundation in security that includes both the technical and social aspects of the subject.

With cyber-attacks on the rise every day, there has never been a greater demand for information security professionals. An Information Security degree from NUS provides the skills needed to keep systems safe from security breaches, as well as a strong foundation in all relevant areas of computer science. It's a fast-growing field that will only become more in-demand as organizations realize the urgent need to keep their systems safe.

Widen your horizon through a Minor programme

Students can also apply to do a Minor with various faculties (e.g., with the Faculty of Science in either Financial Mathematics, Mathematics or Statistics, or with NUS Business School in Management). For further information, please refer to:

Infuse your Learning with Extended Internship

Students can also apply to participate in the pioneering scheme on extended internship - NUS Co-operative Education Programme. Under this programme, students will interleave work and study. Approximately, 64 weeks will be spent on internship.

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Sampler of Modules

CS2107 Introduction to Information Security

Should you proceed when you receive an “untrusted certificate” alert? Are there unbreakable codes? How are human vulnerabilities exploited in social engineering attacks? Learn the basics of IT security.


CS3235 Computer Security

Gain a broad understanding of security elements such as intrusion detection, e-mail security, and application, system and network security. Develop invaluable security technical skills and knowledge.


IS4231 Information Security Management

Effective cyber security is about risk management. You have to identify and prioritize the information assets that are valuable to your organization, then identify and rank the threats to those assets. Only then are you able to select the appropriate ways to defend those assets from being compromised.


CS4236 Cryptography Theory and Practice

Is it true that mobile call signals recorded from thin air can be decrypted? Discover the principles and concepts behind cryptology (think The Imitation Game!) and the design of secure communication systems.


IFS4101 Legal Aspects of Information Security

What can an “electronic” signature certify? Are SPAM emails legal? Can a tuition centre share your email address with another centre? Learn how information security shapes laws from an NUS Law professor.


What You Could Be

bullet arrow  Forensic Investigator at Visa
bullet arrow  Computer Security Researcher at Defence Science Organisation (DSO)
bullet arrow  Cyber Analyst at OCBC
bullet arrow  Malware Analyst at Symantec
bullet arrow  Security Consultant at IBM
bullet arrow  Security Software Engineer at Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT)