F-Secure, University of Helsinki bring back Cyber Security Base
October 2017 by Marc Jacob
Cyber Security Base with F-Secure, an online course series developed by the University of Helsinki and F-Secure, is back for another year. Over 50,000 people from the United States, Finland, the United Kingdom, and more accessed last year’s courses, leading F-Secure and the university to offer the course series again.
Cyber Security Base with F-Secure is a massive open online course (MOOC) created by the University of Helsinki and F-Secure. They designed the course to ensure that students learn the knowledge and skills needed for a career in cyber security – an industry that’s looking at a global shortage of qualified personnel. One recent report projected there would be 3.5 million vacant cyber security positions by the year 2021.*
F-Secure CEO Samu Konttinen says the shortage is something that should concern everyone given the importance of cyber security in today’s world, and sees the course as a good step toward solving the problem.
The MOOC aims to provide high quality training by packaging the cyber security knowledge and expertise of F-Secure and the University of Helsinki’s Department of Computer Science into an accessible series of online courses. The series’ contents cover a range of topics participants need to understand in entry-level cyber security positions. It also includes exercises, such as capture the flag-style hacking challenges, that help students learn to apply their knowledge and skills.
And while the MOOC’s subject matter deals with complex topics, it was designed to be accessible to anyone that wants to learn more about cyber security. There are no fees or formal education requirements, so anyone with a basic understanding of code, computer networks, and information security can participate.
Last year’s MOOC attracted interest from over 50,000 people, with nearly 5000 participating in assignments and over one thousand completing all or part of the course series. Based on that level of interest, Professor Sasu Tarkoma, Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki, is convinced that providing high quality, online education is an effective way to attract potential cyber security experts to the field.
Cyber Security Base with F-Secure will begin on October 30, 2017. Anyone interested in enrolling can subscribe to the course series’ mailing list to receive updates.