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					MSc Information Security
& Biometrics
MSc Information Security & Biometrics

MSc Information
Security & Biometrics
Secure information systems
are critically important to
                                          and evaluation of biometrics, image       Significant project support from
                                                                                    industry is also envisaged, either
modern day businesses and
                                          analysis and some key application
                                          areas.                                    within the University or as industrial

societies. Whether they be
                                                                                    placements at the host institution.

banking systems, medical
                                          Staff in the Computing Laboratory

systems, power
                                          have been at the forefront of             Modules

infrastructures, or a simple
                                          distributed systems and PKI               The course is taught in five

home PC, ensuring their
                                          research, participating in the            compulsory modules and a choice
                                                                                    of two options, followed by a five
security is vitally important
                                          development of the X.509
                                          international standard and being the      month project with the potential for

since they are usually all
                                          first group in the world to build an      significant industrial involvement:

interconnected directly or
                                          X.509 privilege management

indirectly via the Internet or
                                          infrastructure (PMI).                     Foundations of Biometrics and

telephony system.
                                                                                    Secure Systems
                                          MSc Programme                             An introduction to biometrics and
                                          This Masters programme offers an          biometric systems giving the
Biometrics-based security                 advanced level of learning by             student an overview of a number of
techniques – identification and           providing students with a thorough        biometric modalities. This is
verification using human                  understanding of the theories,            combined with an overview of
characteristics and behavioural           concepts and techniques for the           pattern recognition techniques, an
traits such as fingerprint and iris       design, development and effective         introduction to programming, and
recognition – are playing an              use of secure information systems,        data analysis techniques required
increasingly important role,              and producing graduates who are           for the development of biometric
alongside traditional computer-           capable of adapting to changes in         systems.
based security systems, novel             the field and leading it in innovation.
frameworks and architectures, in          The course is designed for                Object Oriented Software
securing information systems and          practitioners, professionals and          Engineering
physical assets, both in government       graduates with an interest in             A detailed study of the use of
and industrial contexts, identity theft   information security, access control      Object-Oriented analysis and
and Internet-based fraud. There will      technologies, and application             design methods to analyse
be a long-term need for expert            domains using biometric                   problems and design solutions, and
professionals trained to a high level     identification and verification           the impact that these methods have
in order to meet the rising market        systems.                                  on development lifecycles, including
demand.                                                                             a comprehensive introduction to the
                                          Collaboration with Industry               UML notations and their
The Department of Electronics has         Both the Department of Electronics        applications to real-world problems.
a strong and widely established           and the Computing Laboratory have
reputation for its work in various        strong industrial contacts which will     Internet Security
aspects of biometrics, including          be used extensively to deliver and        An introduction to Internet
individual biometric modalities, the      enhance the course. One module                                          ,
                                                                                    technologies including TCP/IP DNS,
study of techniques for optimal           will explicitly include a number of             ,
                                                                                    LDAP SMTP and HTTP followed by
integration of biometrics, the            industrial seminars presented by          a comprehensive description of
management of the complexity              invited speakers to update students       symmetric and asymmetric
arising from the design of flexible       with current state of the art             authentication techniques including
biometric systems, and the testing        techniques and problems.                  digital signatures and one time

                                                                       MSc Information Security & Biometrics

passwords. Web services, single          estimation and advanced feature         supported by EPSRC Collaborative
sign on, SSL, firewalls and web          selection, extraction techniques and    Training Account studentships. For
services security are also covered.      multiple classifier systems are         information on our various
                                         studied as the basis for the            studentships and bursaries, please
Practical Biometrics                     development of state of the art         see our pages on
A detailed treatment of the              multibiometric systems.       
implementation of biometric
systems including examples of            Trust, Security and Privacy             Entry Requirements
systems using the major modalities       Management (option)                     A good honours degree in
and an analysis of modality specific     A systems level view of information     Electronics, Computing or a subject
features and feature extraction,         security management, including          with a strong IT component,
selection and classification             ISO 17799, risk management, legal       although allowance will be made for
strategies. State of the art in sensor   and usability issues is provided.       significant professional experience.
technologies; spoofing and counter-      Various security models (Bell and
measures; analytical approaches to       LaPadula, BIBA etc) and                 The University requires all non-
the performance of biometric             middleware architectures are            native speakers of English to
systems; biometric encryption and        described. Trust management, trust      produce evidence of proficiency in
an introduction to BioAPI are also       negotiation, trusted platform           written and spoken English. We
included in this module.                 modules, and policy based systems       require a minimum score of:
                                         are described. Data privacy,            • 6.5 in International English
Industrial context of Biometrics:        authorization, and various privacy        Language Test (IELTS)
Standards, Testing, and                  and security policy languages are       • 600 in paper-based or 250
Evaluation of Biometric and              introduced, as well as the concepts       computer-based Test of English
Secure Systems                           of steganography and digital              as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
This module provides an                  watermarking.                           • ‘B’ in the Cambridge Certificate of
examination of the importance of                                                   Proficiency in English
standards and regulation in              Project                                 • ‘A’ in the Cambridge Advanced
biometric systems and examines           The project will provide practical        Certificate in English
associated standardisation bodies        experience of the design of a
and procedures. Issues related to        significant biometric or information    The University
data collection, volunteer sampling      security system. Many projects will     The University of Kent at
and ethical issues are also              involve working closely with an         Canterbury is built on 300 acres of
addressed. The module is                 industrial collaborator which will      parkland in the midst of the Kent
accompanied by a significant             provide experience of secure            countryside on a hill overlooking the
number of industrially led colloquia     systems design in an industrial         city. Founded in 1965, it combines
introducing students to the current      environment and allow students to       modern architecture with open
industrial context for the course.       appreciate the practical difficulties   green spaces, courtyards, gardens,
                                         in the development and utilisation of   ponds and woodland which, put
Advanced Biometrics (option)             such systems.                           together with the view across
This module introduces advanced                                                  Canterbury and the Stour Valley,
methods for pattern recognition with     Studentships                            make it an attractive and friendly
emphasis to multibiometric systems.      The programme is well-supported         campus
A detailed analysis of the Bayesian      by companies and research
classification framework is followed     establishments in the UK and
by an introduction to error              overseas. It continues to be
How to Apply
Apply online or contact Dr Gareth Howells, for an
application form.
For more information visit the postgraduate prospectus
web pages and/or contact:

Dr WGJ Howells, Postgraduate Admissions Officer
University of Kent, Department of Electronics
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NT UK
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