Why study Cyber Security in Nijmegen?

Computer security is a topic of increasing importance, as IT affects ever more of our daily lives and the running of our businesses and governments. Assessing the security of existing IT solutions and developing more secure solutions for the future pose major academic and societal challenges. The Master's specialisation in Cyber Security covers a broad range of topics important for computer security. It includes topics from computer science (software, computer networks, and hardware, especially smart-cards and RFID), and mathematical (cryptography and security protocols), as well as organisational and management issues, legal aspects and societal issues (in particular privacy).


Why study Cyber Security? 

  • You will be taught by the best cyber security experts in the Netherlands.
  • Our research in Cyber Security is unique in its broad scope, which is reflected in the diverse range of courses we offer.
  • With the authorship of both AES and SHA-3 and many candidates in the second round of ongoing NIST competitions (eight in post-quantum and six in lightweight), our group is one of the world leaders in cryptographic design.
  • Internationally, we are leading in the research fields of real-word cryptography, side-channel analyses, software security, and privacy.
  • In Radboud University’s interdisciplinary research institute on digitalisation and society, iHUB, we tackle the broader societal issues around the increased digitalization of the world around us.
  • Job opportunities are excellent: some of our students get offered jobs before they have even graduated and almost all of our graduates have positions within six months of graduating.

Cyber Security developments at Radboud University

As a society, we are increasingly reliant on IT, making cyber security a topic of growing importance. Over the last decade, Radboud University has made a name for itself in this field both in and outside the country. The Digital Security Group have revealed security flaws in the chip-cards used for public transport smart cards - including the London Oyster Card and the Dutch OV-chipkaart - and have also found security vulnerabilities in commonly used car immobiliser systems.

Currently, we are at the forefront of IRMA card development, this is an ID card that gives users the freedom to only reveal minimal personal data necessary for particular purchases, providing better protection of their data against misuse. Our experts are also involved in the development of the Networking and Cryptography library (NaCl), a new easy-to-use, high-speed and high-security software library that can be applied in network communication, encryption and decryption, to name just a few examples.

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