A Design Model for a Degree Programme in Cyber Security

The need for skillful cyber security workforce has increased dramatically during the last ten years. The contents of the degree programmes have not been able to respond to this need adequately and the curriculum contents have not always met the industry’s knowledge needs.

In this paper, we describe a model for designing a degree programme in Cyber Security. We establish the guiding frameworks and requirements within the European Union for a degree programme. Given the researched background, we propose a systematic way to implement knowledge, skill and competence objectives to a degree programme by using generally accepted frameworks. The framework targets engineering education in information technology, cyber security given on university level.

By having a well-established model for the degree programme, the private and public sector can flourish by having competent personnel at their use as employees.


Karo Saharinen, Mika Karjalainen, Tero Kokkonen

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Karo Saharinen, Mika Karjalainen, and Tero Kokkonen. 2019. A Design Model for a Degree Programme in Cyber Security. In Proceedings of the 2019 11th International Conference on Education Technology and Computers (ICETC 2019). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 3–7.