Degree course in anti-hacking announced

Breaking news – the University of Portsmouth (which would be my ‘alma mater’, had I actually, you know, bothered to finish my course) has announced the founding of the first degree-level education program in Securities Technology – stuff like encryption techniques, retinal scanning systems and so on. Apparantly there’s a gap in the market for qualified professionals in this line of work – though I’d have thought that the regular trickle of headlines about successful self-taught hackers would have counted as a demonstration that a degree isn’t the only badge of competance around.