MODERN HIGH-LEVEL COMPETENCES IN CYBERSECURITY
The objective of the education is to produce modern high-level competences in the area of cybersecurity. Disruptions in the operations of our internet-based society may be fatal. Such disruptions may result from cyberattacks. These attacks may focus even on the critical infrastructures such as the following:
- energy production and distribution
- water systems
- transport and communication infrastructure
- health care and
- financial services
New skills are needed for preventing, detecting, responding, and in case of failure, mitigating the consequences.
Completing the studies gives a strategic point of view on the importance of cybersecurity in different areas. You also become familiar with cybersecurity frameworks, standards, security management and can classify the vulnerabilities and the principles of protection. You know the cybersecurity business services and know how to carry out a security audit.
After the studies, students can apply security solutions for discovering security threats and for protecting against them. You are also able to manage countermeasures against denial-of-service attacks.
The degree programme in cybersecurity is aimed at applicants with a bachelor level degree in engineering in the field of information and communications technology, or with other equivalent degree, and also at least three years of suitable work experience after the bachelor’s degree.
Study programme is organized alternately in English or Finnish. In 2020 the study language of the programme will be in Finnish.
STRUCTURE OF STUDIES
Completing the studies, provides students with several functional cybersecurity skills, and you are able to:
- analyze the local information systems from the attacker’s point of view
- examine information systems to find potential attack surfaces
- to use common tools for gathering information about the target systems
- implement counter measures against cyberattacks
- improve the information system security and manage the principles of application security.
You are also able to protect industrial internet systems, manage intrusion detection systems and apply counter-measures in the network infrastructure.
The studies involve a lot of practical laboratory work. All the students carry out several case studies in a virtual laboratory environment. The laboratory work can take place as distant learning.
Master’s thesis and learning tasks can be designed to develop the students’ employer organizations’ activities, benefiting both the students’ studies and the employer.
Internationalization is an important part of the education. Visiting lecturers are participating in the courses, and also international practices and examples are used during studies. The master level studies are also available to foreign students.
The studies can be completed while working full time. They are carried out through blended learning methods, including lectures and cooperative learning sessions, online learning, and project-based learning. There are on average three contact teaching days per month. The contact sessions are mainly held in Kotka.
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
Xamk has had a BYOD policy since the autumn of 2017. According to this policy new students starting studies at Xamk must bring and use their own devices on campus. Read more.
You can apply to this Master’s degree programme if you have completed
- an appropriate higher education degree in the field of technology
- at least three years of subsequent work experience in a relevant field after the higher education degree.
In addition good skills in the English language are required. Your language skills are evaluated in the entrance examination.
You must have at least three years of work experience in a relevant field. As a relevant field is regarded both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree. The work experience can be accumulated as from the date of award of the final degree certificate and obtained no later than 31 July 2019.
If you have previously completed post-secondary level vocational qualification awarded by a vocational college in Finland (opistoaste in Finnish) and then later gone on to complete a degree in a university of applied sciences after a period of work, you are required to have at least three years of work experience after post-secondary level vocational education.
Entrepreneurship is accepted as work experience if you can produce a certificate attesting that you have been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme in Finland. Enterprising activities abroad should be substantiated with comparable official documents.
Work experience should be indicated in full months. When converting part-time work into its full-time equivalent, 150 hours or 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one month of work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained working for the same employer. The amount of work experience points awarded for simultaneous employment relationships may not exceed the amount awarded for full-time employment. Military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.
You must provide a work certificate written by the employer as proof of employment. The work certificate must include the date when the employment has started and ended, contact information for the employer, tasks and work hours in case of part-time employment. If the employment is continuing, a temporary work certificate must be provided.
If the original work certificate has been written in any other language than Finnish, Swedish or English, you must in addition provide a copy of an authorized translation of the work certificate in one of the before-mentioned languages. The translation must include the translator’s name, signature and stamp.
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