The University of Abertay in Dundee is to launch a new course in September that will teach students the dark art of hacking.
The course is designed to teach undergraduates all about security systems and how to circumvent them, in the hopes of creating a new wave of security professionals. 'White hat' hackers with hands-on expertise are valuable to businesses who want to protect their data and systems.
In the UK, £10 billion worth of damage is done by hacking each year, including loss of data, security breaches and lost working hours. More courses like this could help reduce this figure, but at the same time there are always criminals who are willing to pay a hefty amount to get a hacker to work for them.
There will be strict rules on who is eligible for acceptance for the course, with the University saying it will be working closely with the Home Office to vet potential candidates.
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