Information Security

“Information security” is a three-year first-cycle Bologna higher-education professional study programme in criminal justice and security, and informatics.

Information security is an interdisciplinary science studying phenomena in terms of informatics, information systems and criminal justice and security, and internal safety and security. It develops and studies mechanisms that society uses in providing privacy to, as well as safety and security of community, society, state, organisations, and individuals and their protection against the behaviours that might prove harmful to them. It develops theories and methods aimed at safeguarding and protecting information and privacy of said subjects. Based on scientific approaches, it develops its own theories and methods in the field of informatics and criminal justice and security while making use of scientific knowledge and findings by other disciplines, such as criminology, law, psychology, sociology, political sciences, criminalistics, penology, organisational and other social sciences.

Study programme

The study programme comprises three academic years, whereby students are required to complete nine compulsory subjects in the first two years, while the third year is dedicated to six subjects and the preparation of a diploma thesis. Subjects are delivered and completed within a single semester. The entire programme is designed so as to enable knowledge and skills to be further developed and upgraded. The first two years are frequented by all students and cover basic knowledge and skills in the field of law and methodological and managerial aspects of criminal justice and security, building a solid ground for acquiring specific in-depth knowledge and skills available in elective third-year subjects dedicated to specific content in the field of criminal justice and security and acquisition of an in-depth insight into the contents taught in the first two years. The entire vertical process of knowledge acquisition is composed in a way that enables students to become experts that are able to understand work-related processes in the field of security and policing, research security phenomena in this field, and use the results of analyses in their work.

The aim of the Information Security study programme is to empower its graduates to understand, head and manage the processes aimed at providing comprehensive information security. In addition to delivering thereto-related knowledge, the programme helps the graduates develop the skills required for independent work and critical observation of the phenomena in a specified subject field. Combining research, teaching and study, the programme meets the expectations of students, staff, future employers and society at large. In terms of criminal justice and security, these studies, together with its educational aspects and research, help develop information security as an independent interdisciplinary social study bordering on technical sciences when connected with informatics. The knowledge gained relates to criminal justice and security, informatics, computer science, law, business and organizational sciences. In terms of their professional qualifications, the graduates shall be qualified to do the work and apply knowledge gained in different areas related, directly or indirectly, to their studies. As regards its content, the study programme is oriented towards practical application of knowledge, providing the graduates to competently and competitively participate in employers’ work processes as skilled professionals in information security.

Competencies of graduates

Our graduates will be qualified to carry out research and information security related tasks lawfully, professionally, and efficiently, which is to help raise the level of information security, as well as to strengthening democracy, human rights and civil liberties protection. In terms of this study programme, competencies are regarded as behaviours an individuals follows to do a certain job successfully and efficiently. The aim of the education process is to enable the students to develop their physical, social, and spiritual potential while acquiring knowledge, skills, values and beliefs empowering them to make efficient use of the resources available to them at work and in their private life. An individual is competent when they have the potential that allows them to acquire new knowledge, which serves as a foundation for developing skills needed to successfully and efficiently operate in a given filed, together with their values, attitudes, and motivation. Their competence also shows in proper motivation.

The general competencies of graduates completing the “Information Security” first-cycle higher-education professional study programme include:

  • Understanding, from real time and historical perspective, how an information system works in actual circumstances;
  • Detecting, analysing, and resolving information security issues in organisations and different communities;
  • Carrying out action research and basic application research in the field of researching information security phenomena in local communities, organisations, and the international community;
  • Ability to apply theoretical findings in informatics and criminal justice to actual work or dwelling environments and to synthesize knowledge the knowledge developed in criminal justice with that from the related disciplines;
  • Managing communication processes between different interdependent elements in providing information security in local and international environment by way of contemporary technology and adequate communication techniques;
  • Ability to take part in project, group, and RR work in the field of providing comprehensive information security of different technical and social science systems.

Graduates of the higher-education professional study programme achieve the defined competencies by acquiring theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. FCJS verifies the achievement of these goals by conducting annual self-evaluation exercises, carrying out surveys involving the graduates within the Alumni Club and by establishing cooperation with practitioners, as well as by involving independent stakeholders when introducing improvements to the study programme.

Employment of graduates of FCJS

Graduates from the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security are legible for employment in various fields: in non-government organisations where security risks to individuals are analysed (e.g., organisations focused on preventing different abuses, Amnesty International, etc.), in the public sector (home affairs, intelligence activities, justice department, defence, etc.), in local communities’ management, and in the business sector (in companies dealing with the protection of property and intellectual property, as experts in the field of providing information security, in private security companies and detective agencies, in the insurance sector, etc.).