University of Colombo School of Computing

The University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) has been able to position itself as a centre of excellence in ICT in the university system of Sri Lanka. Competency of the academic staff is one of the crucial factors in UCSC’s focus on high-quality academic excellence. The UCSC presently has 3 professors, 27 PhD qualified academics graduated from leading universities in UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, Sweden etc., to assist in the academic activities.

Asi@Connect provides dedicated high-capacity internet connectivity for research and education communities across Asia-Pacific; operating at speeds of up to 10 Gbps, it currently interconnects universities and research centres in 21 countries/economies across the region. It also connects to the 50 million European researchers and academics served by the GÉANT network and supports collaborative programmes in areas such as Earth observation, disaster warning, climate research, food security, delivery of e-health and e-learning.

Cyber attacks and network related criminal activities are increasing exponentially around the globe and this detracts from the optimal utilization of Asi@Connect Internet capacity and equipment.  Consequently, there is a need to improve the network engineering and information security expertise in university IT departments and National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) within developing countries.

Thus University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) and Asi@Connect offers distance International Master Program in Cybersecurity which covers the knowledge of Network Security and cybercrime investigation with the support of EU funding. It offers postgraduate qualifications for staff members of NRENs and developing country universities in the domain of network security and digital forensics. The program links with existing taught master program in Information Security at UCSC.
Programme Objective
1. Acquire a detailed understanding of cybersecurity challenges in networks.
2. Assess the cybersecurity risks faced by an organization.
3. Design and implement networked, software and distributed systems with cybersecurity in mind.
4. Gain expertise in both theory and practice of cybersecurity.
5. Gain expertise to manage the growing complexities associated with securing data and networks
6. Gain a detailed understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects (technical, business, law, management, policy) of cybersecurity

Entry Qualifications
A Computing Degree from a University or Institution recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Sri Lanka; or
Any other academic or professional qualification judged equivalent to a Degree by the Senate of the University of Colombo on the recommendation of the School.

Recent Announcements

  • First Semester Hands on sessions and Examinations The hands-on sessions and examinations for the first semester of Master of Cybersecurity program was conducted from 21st of April to 04th of May 2019. The eleven (11) students participated in the program and sat for their examinations. The participated students successfully completed their evaluation by obtaining a pass grade (C) and above for all subjects. Thus the program was successfully completed. 
    Posted Nov 21, 2019, 9:33 PM by Kasun De Zoysa
  • The Final Schedule - Second Semester 23rd Nov- 14th Dec The tentative program schedule is as follows:
    Posted Nov 21, 2019, 9:42 PM by Kasun De Zoysa
  • HANDS-ON SESSIONS AND EXAMINATIONS - 2ND SEMESTER We are pleased to inform you that the hands-on sessions and examinations of the 2nd semester of the Master of Cybersecurity degree program have been scheduled from the 21st of November, 2019 to 15th of December, 2019.  You are kindly requested to take the necessary actions to obtain your leave approval for the period. The relevant details of your visa arrangements, air tickets, accommodation facilities, transportation facilities and the per diem will be informed you in due course.Time table
    Posted Nov 21, 2019, 9:37 PM by Kasun De Zoysa
  • Progress Presented - 5th Aisa@connect Governors’ meeting Dr. Kasun De Zoysa, coordinator of Master of Cybersecurity Programme presented the progress of the project at 5th Aisa@connect Governors’ meeting which was held on 19th February 2019 during the APAN47 conference in South Korea. His presentation is posted here.
    Posted Mar 17, 2019, 5:06 AM by Kasun De Zoysa
  • First Semester Hands-on Session and Examination First Semester hands-on session and examination will be held during the period of 22nd April 2019 to 4th May 2019.
    Posted Mar 17, 2019, 5:02 AM by Kasun De Zoysa
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