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Cyber security I: Fundamentals

Individual course

Course contents

  • Information, computing, networking and cyber systems as platforms of threats.
  • Cyber security as a special form of security and a variation of information security.
  • Application areas of information security.
  • General mechanisms and principles of information security.
  • Key sources of security knowledge: standards, guidelines and legislation.
  • Different levels and areas of security expertise.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student

  • identifies security and privacy threats and responsibilities;
  • has a wide knowledge of the concepts, principles and mechanisms of information security;
  • will be aware of what kind of additional knowledge and skills are needed to perform various information security tasks in different application areas.

Completion methods

This course is completed independently and entirely at your own pace. Depending on your grade goal you need to pass one, two or three exams. Please note that the exams are only available on-campus in Tampere.

Besides the exam(s) you most likely need and want to gather points from a wide selection of exercises on the learning platform Harpo. Its main page is public and displays the course structures.

Apply for a study right by clicking the “Start here” button. When you have credentials to your Tuni account, you need to register to Harpo. If you do not receive the registration code into your mailbox from Harpo within a week, notify the teacher with an email: jukka.koskinen (at) Do this from your address and include your name and student number. Besides the subject field “Request for Harpo registration”, you don’t need to submit any other information.

More information in the Tampere University study guide.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

Responsible teacher

University of Tampere
Jukka Koskinen

Further information about the course and studying

University of Tampere
Teemu Rauhala, ICT coordinator

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Information security
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Teaching period:
Continuously on-going
Application deadline:
Continuously on-going
Host university:
Tampere University
Who can apply:
Adult learner,
Degree student
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General prerequisites:
No previous knowledge of cyber security is required.
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