By Jens Myrup, coordinator of cyber security education
On January 23, we received the official acceptance from the Ministry of Higher Education and could officially launch our new Master of Science in Cyber Security. It is a full-time 2-year education, conducted fully in English. The programme has been defined in close collaboration with industrial partners, and it has been important to create an education that gives the students a strong theoretical foundation combined with the ability to apply the theory in practice. This is also supported by structuring the programme according to AAU's PBL model, where the students each semester are working on substantial project based real-world problems that are often defined together with industrial partners or research projects.
It is a cross-disciplinary education, and network security and secure software are two of the main pillars of the education, but at the same time the students get a good understanding of the context they work in with topics such as enterprise security, standards, governance, identity and access management and privacy engineering. On the third semester, the students can choose either a more technical direction, or a direction with a stronger focus on governance and enterprise security.
We are really happy that the education has been accepted, because both industry and society need people with a broad understanding of cyber security, rather than just in-depth knowledge within, e.g. networks, software or governance. And this is exactly what we can do with this new 2-year education.
To support the new education, AAU has also invested in a new Cyber Security Lab at CMI, which gives the students access to state-of-the-art tools and equipment, as well as more than a few hackable devices. This comes on top of virtual labs that are currently being developed at AAU such as the training platform Haaukins, which was presented at Black Hat Europe in December 2019, and a new honeypot project funded by the Danish Center for Cyber Security. We have a clear ambition of creating an active community around the new education, including hacker events and training days where students, companies and researchers can join and meet each other, and we invite everyone to be part of this.
Learn more about the education: MSc in Cyber Security
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