Two new IT security educations at Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA)
Cyberattacks and a rising rate of cybercrime is creating an urgent need for IT security specialists. From now on KEA is therefore offering the first IT security education in Denmark, which has already received an overwhelming amount of applicants.
One of them is Bastian Falk Kofod, who is 25 years old and holds the degree of AP Graduate in IT technology, who has patiently awaited the arrival of this new education.
“It is the modern Sherlock Holmes – hide and seek, which prompts detective work in a very, very complicated field. Just the fact that the area is undergoing this much development, makes it exciting, and because the field is relatively new, one can help shape its future.”
IT exists in everything from refrigerators to cars and large financial systems, which means cyber security is becoming a vital part of business for more and more companies. IT makes many things easier and smarter, but it also makes us more vulnerable. Examples of cyber-crimes stretches from interference in the election of the United States of America to communal elections in Denmark, with people being denied access to their data and subsequent their data will be held for ransom, a so called ransomware attack.
IT has become a weapon in modern society, and therefore it demands new requirements for security.
A report from the Danish Business Authority states that in 2030 Denmark will be in need of 19,000 IT-specialists. The missing supply of IT-specialists was already evident in 2015, where Danish companies were unable to find employees to occupy 16 % of the positions, where they sought an IT security specialist.
KEA is finally able to publicly announce that following this summer, one can apply for an education in IT security, which will be the first in Denmark dedicated to combat hackers, ransomware, DDOS-attacks etc.
Students who choose this education will also be learning about governance – meaning the good procedures for avoiding a cyber-attack. Students will also be taught in the subject of forensic, in this regard meaning solving and documenting cyber-attacks, which consequently helps prosecuting the people responsible for the attack.
The education can be completed as a full time and part time study. And as of yet there is an urgent need for well educated security specialists.
“Currently we are seeing an overwhelming rise in the number and extent of cyber-attacks, and on an international level the weapons race is already raging, it is therefore urgent that we start educating more specialists,” says student lector Dorthe Bach Nyemann from the Danish Defense Academy to the Danish newspaper Politiken.
And Rasmus Theede, former Chairman of the board for the Advisory of Digital Security concurs;
“We are undergoing a catastrophic shortage of security specialists. The private and public sector are both experiencing recruitment issues.”
The new full time education is a so called “top up”, which means, before one is able to apply for it, one needs a prior education as a Computer technician, or something similar. Once the education is completed, one receives a professional bachelor degree in IT security.
KEA is also offering a diploma programme for the training market in form of courses, which one can take continuously, while being employed full time. One will typically have one course pr. semester amounting to 10 ECTS-points, and collectively it will require 60-ECTS points to complete the part time study – compared to the full time study which will require 90-ECTS points.
“The intention with this new education is to contribute to creating a safer tomorrow regarding the digital space, and simultaneously supplying the companies with the much needed labour force. Pun intended, we are trying to secure the future – for those who want this education and those who are working with IT,” says education manager at KEA Digital Jesper Nordentoft.
Interested in the full time education, read more here (DK).
Or are you interested in the part time education, then contact: Karina Onsberg Torstensen at [email protected]