Staying safe in the cyber world is a multi-stakeholder effort. This is what motivated Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT) to initiate closer collaboration in cybersecurity education.
Specialisation education in cybersecurity was launched at TAMK in January, and students were putting their skills to the test by spring. One of the courses focused on penetration testing and vulnerability identification. It introduced students to methods that allow users to pinpoint security weaknesses, which could be exploited to gain unauthorized access to an IT system or network.
Students had the opportunity to perform hands-on exercises in the cybersecurity labs of TAMK and TUT and reported positive learning experiences.
Students completed a series of exercises under the supervision of Senior Lecturer Ville Haapakangas, who is in charge of TAMK’s Cybersecurity Lab. TUT houses TUTCyberLabs, an extensive laboratory environment that supports cybersecurity research and education. Doctoral student Markku Vajaranta oversees the operations of one section of TUTCyberLabs, namely the telecommunications infrastructure known as TIECyberLab.
The idea to provide collaborative education emerged after Haapakangas and Vajaranta looked into the content of cybersecurity education provided by TAMK and especially the expected learning outcomes of the course focusing on penetration testing. Both are pleased with the lessons gleaned from the experience, which provides a strong foundation for continuing cybersecurity collaboration within the Tampere3 community.
TAMK’s specialisation education in cybersecurity continues this autumn. It draws on the combined expertise of the Tampere3 partners, among others, in the field of automation systems and their security.
TAMK’s specialisation education in cybersecurity:
Text and photo: Ville Haapakangas