Why MSI

The Master program confers a degree on Mestre em Segurança Informática from the University of Lisboa Faculty of Sciences.

Why you should take this program

Already important per se, security will constitute a nuclear asset in a near future as companies operating their business areas shift to the virtual world (intranet, Internet). This includes practically all segments, ranging from public administration, to telecommunications operators and critical infrastructures operators (e.g., power distribution), for which this Masters program holds specific valences in the critical infrastructures security domain. An expert panel forecast sheds some light on how this evolution may take place: check the Information Assurance Technology Forecast 2008.

This new era will require a breadth and depth of security thinking and skills from the computer and information systems engineers, officers, and analysts. This program addresses them in a way unparalleled in other offers: learning how to think and how to do security; a solid theoretical background, combined with sophisticated laboratory work, and complemented with policy and legal notions.

What you get

A unique program on Security and Dependability in Portugal, a Master degree, and an exciting learning environment, benefiting from dedicated facilities, including a study room and a laboratory.

Learn the principles and techniques that will give you and/or your company a competitive edge: solid theoretical basis combined with intensive laboratory work; learning how to think and how to do security.

Set in an extremely lively research environment (see LaSIGENavigators), the program offers core courses in security and dependability and a range of electives that provide the opportunity to study some areas in greater depth.

Top international level instructors (see instructors), heavily engaged in high-level research and teaching, and in numerous international research projects in security and dependability.

Differentiators from alternative offers:

  • Mastering a symbiosis between policy/assurance/law and architecture/protocols/technology.
  • Taking security (intentional faults) and dependability and fault-tolerance (accidental faults) into account in a seamless way.
  • Exposureto real-time embedded systems security, expands students’ expertise to fields of smartcards, biometrics, cyber control (e.g. power), critical infrastructure.

What you need to do

Make sure you get the required documentation, which sometimes entails significant delays, all on time for applying (see how to apply).