Cyber security – threats and opportunities

Cyber security – threats and opportunities

The Specialisation Education in Cyber Security, which focuses on an important and topical competence area, started at Tampere University of Applied Sciences for the first time. The training has been designed in cooperation with working life and universities of applied sciences. There were approximately 100 people in attendance at the first lecture in January.

The first lecture in the Specialisation Education in Cyber Security started with an introduction to the present state of security. A publication by the World Economic Forum has presented global risks, which include climate change, massive data thefts and information security attacks. The dependence on information systems and networks creates vulnerabilities; therefore, countries, organisations and companies must be alert in case of threats.

However, cyber security should not be seen only as different kinds of threats. The publication of the Ministry of Finance from 2016, Pilkahduksia tulevaisuuteen, digitalisaation ja robotisaation mahdollisuudet (Glimpses of the future and the possibilities of digitalisation and robotisation), discusses the subject from the perspective of benefits. According to Jarno Limnéll, Professor at Aalto University and VP, Cyber Security and Business Development, of Insta Group, cyber security should rather be seen as an enabler, because digital security provides access to innovations and growth, and therefore also well-being. The threat is that security and the protection of privacy cannot keep up with the growth of digitalisation. Limnéll notes that security means awareness of threats and sufficient preparation for them.

Experts in demand

The field of digital security is in constant flux. Maintaining expertise requires monitoring the subject and studying it weekly. Simply following and analysing events that have occurred is not enough: you must also try to consider what has not been done or what we have not observed – and to predict the future.

Finland's information security strategy has high goals. The strategy aims to make Finland a pioneer in information security issues. At the moment, we are among the countries with an awareness of the issue. A report on the current status of security is published in mid-February 2017.

A recruitment wave of cyber security experts can be observed around the world. In the United States, 100,000 cyber security experts will be recruited by 2020. Limnéll hopes that Finnish companies will also become more alert and that knowledge of the importance of digital security will spread to the different levels of organisations.

This means that the need for security experts at different levels of organisations is growing, which also means that educational opportunities must be increased. The Specialisation Education in Cyber Security will be arranged at TAMK in the future, too. The current group of 20 students will graduate in November 2017.


Published 08.03.2017