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On 10 April 2017 at 13.00pm, Mikko Hyppönen, the world renowned information security expert, whose presentations always contain ample examples of topical information security incidents and events that have endangered the privacy of Internet users delivered a public lecture at the Mektory innovation centre (TTU). The lecture was moderated by Raido Orumets, head of Baltic Computer Systems cyber security center.
“Hyppönen is considered to be a rock star in the world of information security. He is a very experienced performer and the content of his presentations is not technically complicated, which often tends to be an issue with presentations in the field. Real life examples of the findings of the anti-virus laboratory, daily threats to computer users, and a fascinating overview of the criminal cyber world is guaranteed,” said Raido Orumets, just before the event began. It certainly was not a regular lecture, listeners experienced a true spectacle.
Mikko Hyppönen is the head of the world’s leading information security software maker F-Secure anti-virus laboratories, and he has been elected as one of the world’s 50 most important Internet-related persons (PC World Magazine, March 2007). He has advised a variety of US, European and Asian government agencies on information security and is constantly performing in the world’s most important security-related seminars. His articles have been published by global magazines such as Scientific American, Foreign Policy, and Virus Bulletin. Mikko Hyppönen owns the “Computer Virus screening” patent (US Patent 6,577,920). In addition to computer security issues he is involved in collecting and repairing old video games and game machines.
Baltic Computer Systems together with International partners are working with ITSVET project and bringing Mikko to Estonia was one of the cybersecurity activities supporting it. “We have to constantly rise cyber security awareness among users and IT specialists to keep increasing the protection level in our information systems. Public Lectures from professionals and international projects like ITSVET has shown great success rates”, said Raido Orumets.
ITSVET combines all important roleplayers that are needed to address the challenge:
– ICT employers from the region to identify the needed skills of ICT Security specialists;
– VET regulatory bodies who are authorized to guide the field`s education standards and focus and who know in depth the process of developing a curricula;
– VET schools will play the main role in delivering the labour market needs to students (future employees).
ITSVET Project has proceeded so far as planned. During the second period the main duty has been planning the curriculum for the program based on the research done during previous period.
There has been one project group meeting in Tallinn where the project plan was gone through and checked that every partner commit to their responsibilities. Also one of the streering group meeting has been held.
There utilisation of the research has continued by all partners and the need of working life has been transferred to the curriculum planning. Curriculum framework for ICT security experts has been planned and the detailed discussion about the content was carried out in the project meeting in December. During this spring the curriculum structure and the content will be developed further and finally localised by project partners. As the next stage the mapping of study material for the program will start and after that missing parts will be developed.
As a project we also faced an interesting ICT security case while our DSS system was attacked and encrypted by a cryptovirus which got in using a false e-mail address and was opened by a partner. All files were recovered by the Dropbox support system. It took 5 days and the project communication via DSS and uploading working documents was delayed.
Third Partner Meeting in Tallinn
– Developing the Curriculum
The host of the third meeting, Ants Sild, welcomed all the partners and offered excellent facilities for the meeting.
The ICT security case the project itself faced and how to prevent our processes later on was discussed during the dinner
Ants Sild, CEO of BCS Koolitus, coordinated the project timeplan.
ICT Security Specialist
Modules of the curriculum:
Information Security Management 5 ECTS
Business Continuity Management – 5ECTS
Customer Service / Service Delivery – 5ECTS
Securing IT Solutions – 15ECTS
Summary: After research phase the new ICT Security Curriculum will be planned, learning materials created, teachers coached and pilot tested. Finally educational actors will include the outcomes to their normal activities.
Scrum -pedagogy is planned to be utilised in the planned program. The first SCRUM-training has taken place in Kehtna, Estonia by BCS Koolitus AS on 9.-10-2.2017. All in all 25 ICT-teachers were coached.
During period three the Curriculum and it’s localisation prosess will be finalised. The mapping of learning resources will be carried out by all the partners.