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acting Head of Department, Associate Professor Graivoronskyi Mykola Vladlenovich
In fact, they are closer than it may appear. At first glance, applied mathematics is a science, but cyber security is a practical activity. This is only a small piece of the truth.
Applied mathematics, essentially, is application of mathematics for solving practical problems. Modern Applied Mathematics mainly works on computer technology. That is the scientific basis for the development of modern information technologies. For example, our department offers specialization “Mathematical methods for computer modelling.” Nowadays any modern scientific experiment, any new technology, any machine that is under development first subjected to careful modelling on computers. Only after computational simulation confirms the expectations of designers it can be transferred to detailed working out and prototyping.
Cyber security is a more discussive branch of activity. Some sources restrict its subject, considering it as merely a part of the information security dealing with computer network environment (or even only the Internet). While others expand the subject of cyber security, and they have reasons for it, since the cyberspace includes computer networks with all the connected devices, with all information technologies implemented, and all people that these technologies and devices use. By the way, some of the issues were discussed at the All-Ukrainian Scientific Conference of Students and Young Scientists, which IPT conducts each year. I recommend you to look through the conference proceedings, where you may find out in a which scientific problems our senior students and lecturers are involved, and how those problems are related to our specialities and specializations.
Consequently, both applied mathematics and cybersecurity are directed towards computer technologies and require enough substantial knowledge of mathematics and computer science from students. The close connection between these two disciplines can be illustrated well by the fact that the specialization “Mathematical Methods of cybersecurity”, which our department offers, previously belonged to specialty Applied Mathematics (accordingly to old list of professions), but since 2015 this specialization belongs to the specialty 125 Cybersecurity.
There are many different factors that can influence your choice. Some organizations (primarily state institutions) for certain positions may require a diploma in Cybersecurity only. However, currently it is much easier to continue your education abroad or to be involved in academic mobility program with the curriculum in Applied Mathematics.
Specialty 125 Cybersecurity is a new one, it was first introduced in a new list of specialities in 2015. But some specializations within Cybersecurity previously were actually separate specialties. Of course, after they were included into the new speciality, they have been somewhat updated, primarily by improving the curriculums with the new courses added and others modified.
Our department offers two specializations in specialty Cybersecurity:
The first of these specializations – Systems and technologies of Cybersecurity – is a direct descendant of the previous speciality “Security of information and communication systems”. Graduates focused on practical activities in computer security.
The second specialization – Mathematical methods of Cybersecurity – previously existed (with the same name) in the speciality Applied Mathematics. Graduates also focused on activities in the field of computer security, but they get more fundamental knowledge of mathematics and are better trained to participate in developing the advanced security technologies.
Another specialization in Cybersecurity – Systems of technical protection of information – is offered to applicants by the Department of physical and technical means of information protection. This specialization substantially differs from the previous two, it deal more with radioeolectronic devices and less – with computer technologies.