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Privacy and social engineering

Individual course

This course gives an introduction to privacy in our digital world and the threat of social engineering in cybersecurity.

Course contents

Presentation of the concepts, regulation and technologies related to privacy. Presentation and use of the concepts, methods and technologies related to social engineering.

Learning outcomes

After the course you will be able to

  • explain the basic concepts related to privacy and recognise the national and international regulation related to the topic
  • understand the basics of the technologies that are used to process information and think about their effects on privacy
  • understand the basic privacy features and problems of mobile operating systems, browsers and computers networks
  • understand the basic concepts related to social engineering
  • recognise social engineering methods when they are applied
  • apply simple tools and technologies related to social engineering
  • understand the importance of social engineering in cybersecurity.

Course material

Lectures, slides and exercise material. Online material such as GDPR and NIS directives. Course uses parts of the book “Social Engineering: the science of human hacking” by Christopher J. Hadnagy.

Teaching schedule

Lectures will be recorded and available in Moodle. Exercise sessions are only in class, but online instruction is given in Slack.

Completion methods

You can complete the course fully online, but some lectures are on campus (not mandatory).

  • Weekly mini exams online are mandatory for passing the course (grade 1).
  • Seven optional online exercises for increasing the grade and for deepening the knowledge (2-5).

More information in the University of Oulu study guide.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

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Responsible teacher

University of Oulu
Kimmo Halunen, Professor

Further information about the course and studying

University of Oulu
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Contact person for applications

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Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Computer engineering,
Information security
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University of Oulu
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General prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and some understanding of programming and command prompt usage.
Course suitable for:
Technical people interested in privacy and social engineering.
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