"There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes)
At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. The omnipresence of digital technology has made that cybersecurity has even become an essential ingredient in defending our democratic values, as this recent article in politico.eu illustrates nicely.
Our Master School Programme Cyber Security has been developed to equip responsible cybersecurity specialists with the right knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to make the digital world a safer place.
The programme focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection for information processed across networks.
Students will learn the fresh hot topics of the field including blockchain technologies, crypto currencies, practical (ethical) hacking, and quantum cryptography.
The EIT Digital Cyber Security (CSE) Master’s degree offers:
Cutting edge technical content within the field of Cyber Security
Studies at two of Europe´s foremost technical universities leading to a double degree
A close integration with tailored business courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A thesis work well grounded in industrial security and privacy problems
Access to the competence of eight EIT Digital innovation action lines, not least through a summer school between the two years.
Access to the co-location centres and innovation ecosystems of the EIT Digital nodes.
Who can apply?
If you wish to apply to this programme you must have a Bachelor of Science in, or be in your final year of studies of:
Reasonable knowledge of the fundamentals of computing and information sciences and technologies is required.
Kindly note that relevant work experience can compensate a non-strictly matching bachelor degree. Please justify your work experience in your motivation letter or resume. Once your papers are received, the selection committee will make the final decision on whether your bachelor's and work experience are sufficient as prerequisites for the track you have applied for.
How is the programme structured?
All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:
Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The graduation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.
To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.
Where can I study Cyber Security?
What can I study at the entry and exit points?
Entry - 1st year, common courses
The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses on Introduction to Computer Security, Network Security, System Security, Information Security Management, Cryptography and Privacy. In addition to that, some elective courses may be chosen to prepare for a specialisation.
An important part of the programme is the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) courses. The I&E basics course provides an introduction to business and management. The Business Development Lab extends media systems engineering projects by a market survey, a business model generation process, and a venture development exercise. The programme emphasises user driven innovation and holistic analysis of service, technology, organisation and financial perspectives, as new technologies are disruptive for existing business models and almost always have a significant impact on the culture and social relations. Society-relevant themes also are at the core of the summer schools, which bring students from the different entry points together.
Specialisation: Advanced Cryptography at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary.
The specialisation focuses on the general ideas, techniques and methods of applied cryptography as well as on the theoretical background and solid knowledge, putting security in a wider context. Security and privacy are considered both from the technological and from the economical point of view, which supports decisions in many practical cases. Applied cryptography serves as a base for most of the secure IT-systems (e.g. in Future Media and Content Delivery, Smart Spaces, Digital cities, Health and ICT-Mediated Human Activity, and Enabling the Internet of the Future).
List of courses (Compulsory and Electives) with credits included:
Complusory courses (24 ECTS):
Advanced cryptography - (6 ECTS)
Cryptography and its applications - (6 ECTS)
Cryptographic protocols - (6 ECTS)
Economics of Security and Privacy - (6 ECTS)
Applied Cryptography Project Seminar - (6 ECTS)
Peter Burcsi is an associate professor, head of the Department of Computer Algebra at the Faculty of Informatics, ELTE - Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. His research areas are algorithms in elementary number theory and cryptography. He has participated in several security-related research and industrial projects at ELTE.
In recent years, the most popular computing and communications platforms have changed dramatically from old desktops and personal computers to a myriad of new devices, often embedded and personal. New devices used not only to navigate the web, send email and write document but rather to support pervasively most of the activity users perform during their everyday life. This revolution has touched private, business and governmental domains (e.g., industry 4.0, Internet of Things, critical infrastructures, smartphones, smart cities, etc.). This in turn has created entire new ecosystems that include technical, social and economical factors.
The specialisation Applied Security focuses on addressing security and privacy for these new ecosystems trying a holistic approach that does not focus only on technical issues. It covers the technological aspects such as investigating and experimenting new class of threats and vulnerabilities that apply to these new systems or designing user authentication mechanisms for devices were passwords cannot be an option. It also covers the economic aspects that are crucial to understand attackers, their motivations and the best defense strategy (i.e., When is worth patching a vulnerability? Which vulnerability is worth patching? Are economic-related questions rather than technical-related ones).
Prof Dr Fabio Massacci received a M.Eng. in 1993 and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at University of Rome La Sapienza in 1998. He visited Cambridge University in 1996-97 and was visiting researcher at IRIT Toulouse in 2000. He joined the University of Siena as assistant professor in 1999, and in 2001 he became a full professor at the University of Trento. His research interests are in security requirements engineering and verification and load-time security for mobile and embedded systems (Security-by-Contract). He co-founded the ESSOS with W. Jousen, Engineering Secure Software and Systems Symposium, which aims at bringing together requirements, software engineers and security experts. He was leading the Empirical Security Requirements and Risk Engineering Challenge (ERISE). He has been a scientific coordinator of multimillion-euro EU projects on security compliance, security engineering and secure evolution.
Although cryptography has been around for quite some time, emerging concepts such as “Bring Your Own Technology”, the “Internet of Everything”, or “Crypto Currencies”, that increasingly exploit mobility and personalisation, put new requirements on security technologies; think about the e-cigarette USB-charger that infects a big corporation with malware. Today’s high diversity of Internet-connected systems and services led to a substantial increase of (new) cyber-attacks in the past years.
Such Internet-connected systems can be found in almost every domain, including critical infrastructures (e.g., water supply), as well as in large-scale services (e.g., hospitals) and embedded systems (e.g., in-car control systems). Notably, many risks for such systems are not solely technical but use the human factor as a characteristic element (e.g., through social engineering).
Our specialisation looks at the many risks in the above-mentioned settings and provides mitigations that can be used at design time and at operation time, while taking into account the specific requirements of the various systems and the impact that risks might have. As a distinguishing element, we include the “human touch” in our attack analysis and mitigation techniques (e.g., replacing password-checks with biometric-verification or raising situational awareness to mitigate social engineering attacks).
Secure Data Management (5 EC)
Introduction to Biometrics (5 EC)
Economics of Security (5 EC)
Cyber Security Management (5 EC)
System Validation (5 EC)
Security Verification (5 EC)
Fundamentals of Quantum Information (4 EC)
Quantum Cryptography (5 EC)
Computer Ethics (5 EC)
The University of Twente (UT) holds the title of the most entrepreneurial university in Europe. As such, it has an extremely large network in industry that includes around 700 university spin-offs (e.g., Booking.com was founded by a UT alumni). This provides excellent opportunities to connect to industry and access to a multitude of internship offers.
Dr Andreas Peter is an assistant professor at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) and the local node-coordinator of the EIT Digital Cyber Security specialisation in Twente on “Cyber Security: High Tech, Human Touch”. His own research focuses on both fundamental and applied security and privacy aspects in IT systems with a focus on privacy-enhancing technologies and cryptographic protocol design & analysis. He served on the programme committees of several workshops and conferences devoted to information security and privacy. Since 2015, he serves on the Editorial Board of the MDPI Open Access Journal on Cryptography and the SpringerOpen EURASIP Journal on Information Security.
Specialisation: The specialisation Mobile and Cloud Security focuses on mobile systems and the security and privacy issues thereof, with a strong focus on android based smartphones and wireless protocols.
Compulsory courses (8 ECTS)
Mobile Systems and Smartphone Security (5 ECTS)
Security and privacy for Big Data and Cloud (3 ECTS)
Elective courses (10 ECTS)
Mobile Applications and Services (5 ECTS)
Mobile Communication Systems (5 ECTS)
Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing (5 ECTS)
Machine Learning and Intelligent System (5 ECTS)
I&E courses (6 ECTS)
I&E Study (6 ECTS)
French or another foreign language for French speakers (1 ECTS)
The specialisation Security of Networked Systems focuses on researching cyber security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future. The technological topics covered include system and network security, security of communication systems and applications, and designing secure systems.
The goal of this specialisation is to give its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the field.
Optional studies selected personally for each student build a special individual information security expertise profile. The curriculum consists of both theoretical and hands-on study modules. Also a large group project module called “Capstone project” can be included in the studies.
The graduates of this specialisation will have strong technological, theoretical and practical understanding in security of networked systems. With their new knowledge and skills the graduates can proceed to building a successful career in securing the information and communication technology in the industry.
List of courses:
Compulsory courses (15 ECTS):
Firewall and IPS Technology (5 ECTS)
Security Engineering (5 ECTS)
Protocol Processing and Security (5 ECTS)
I & E Study (6 ECTS)
Communication Technologies and Security in IoT (5 ECTS)
Secure Sensor Network Systems (5 ECTS)
Capstone Project (in a cyber security topic) (15 ECTS)
Cryptography 2 (5 ECTS)
Algebraic Structures in Cryptography (5 ECTS)
Advanced Sensor Networking (5 ECTS)
Software Development and Software Security (5 ECTS)
Privacy and Security for Software Systems (5 ECTS)
Seminar 1 (TurkuSec meetings) (1-5 ECTS)
Additional specialization courses may be available annually. Electives are chosen individually for each student when their personal study plan is made.
Dr Seppo Virtanen is an adjunct professor (docent) at University of Turku, Finland, where he also heads the Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography. Dr Virtanen received his MSc degree in electronics and information technology in 1998 and DSc (Tech.) degree in Communication Systems in 2004 from the University of Turku. He serves regularly as a programme committee member and referee for international journals and conferences. Currently the focus in his research is on information security issues in the communication and network technology domain, specifically focusing on design and methodological aspects of reliable and secure communication systems and secure communication for IoT. He has acted as the supervisor or the examiner of 5 PhD theses, 94 Master’s theses and 35 Bachelor’s theses.
Although cryptography has solved many problems concerning the security of communication channel, the main challenges that cryptography tries to address nowadays concern the security of the computations. For instance, side-channel is a real issue on smart cards and embedded systems. Today these attacks have also been mounted on classical PC and more recently, cache attacks have also been devastating on smartphone. Moreover, the security of database access and symmetric searchable encryption show that applied cryptography has many practical applications and the software security is a real and important challenge.
The specialisation Sofware Security looks at the many risks in the above-mentioned settings and provides mitigations that can be used at design time and at operation time, while taking into account the specific requirements of the various systems and the impact that risks might have.
List of courses (Compulsory and Electives)
Software Security (5 ECTS)
Vulnerabilities Studies (5 ECTS)
Security of embedded cryptographic implementations (5 ECTS)
Security Verification for Protocols (5 ECTS)
Security for Web Applications (5 ECTS)
Supervision for Security (5 ECTS)
Pr. Pierre-Alain Fouque is a Professor at the University of Rennes (France) and the local node-coordinator of the EIT Digital Cyber Security specialisation in Rennes on “Software Security”. His own research focuses on both cryptography and applied cryptography aspects in IT systems with a focus on cryptanalysis, side-channel attack and cryptographic protocol design & analysis. He served on the programme committees of several IACR conferences.
Mohamed Sabt is an associate professor at the University of Rennes (France) and participates in coordinating the EIT Digital Cyber Security in Rennes. His own research focuses on both smart phones security and post-quantum encryption for constrained devices. He also has 5-year experience in the industry of digital security and was the security leader of a French startup company for one year.
What are the career opportunities?
Graduates from the Cyber Security (CSE) master’s programme will qualify for jobs in international and local organisations in both technical and business roles. Typical titles are:
Cyber Security consultant
Information Security Architect
Cyber Security Specialist
Computer forensics expert
Cyber Security is also a burgeoning field for the design and development of new products and services. Graduates will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and the entertainment industry.
Through their multidisciplinary attitude graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together.
An entrepreneurial path is also open to those who seek to start their own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.
Last Saturday, The EIT Digital Master School delivered 238 innovators with an entrepreneurial mindset to help build a strong digital Europe. These students have been educated in deep tech, innovation and entrepreneurship. This means that they have mastered the skills to turn technology into business. At a spectacular ceremony in Berlin, students received their official graduation certificates from the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) for the innovation and entrepreneurship part of their double degree technical master’s programmes.
The graduation day took place at the Technische Universität Berlin, where vice president Hans-Ulrich Heiß welcomed the students. Sixty-six of the 238 graduates attended either their first or second year at the Berlin-based university. The other students went to two universities within the network that make up the EIT Digital Master School. Currently, students can choose to study at two of 18 participating universities.
The EIT Digital Master School is a European network of top technical universities that has been offering technical master’s programmes and a business minor in innovation and entrepreneurship since 2012. Students learn how to translate technological acumen into business success. Upon successful completion of their master’s, students receive two diplomas: one from each university they attended. In between the two years of their master’s, students attend a two-week Summer School where they convert real life business cases into business solutions.
The vast majority of students – 185 – succeed in finishing the 120 ECTS credits at EIT Digital Master School within the given two years - like Roman Prytkov who graduated last year, and this Saturday was talking about the startup he built together with Tolga Varol who graduated this year. DriveTrust started as a summer school case study and is now an innovation activity within the EIT Digital ecosystem. A lot of students are building their own company, or intend to start one at some point; yet the majority put their technical and entrepreneurial skills to practice in companies for now. Most of them are already recruited before receiving their diplomas. That is what they wrote on slides that appear onscreen when they retrieve their certificate on stage. Remarkably, a lot of them want to pursue a PhD, for example an industrial one at the EIT Digital Doctoral School.
EIT Digital students come from all over the world. 54 per cent of this year’s cohort are European, and the other 46 per cent come from countries such as the USA, Australia, Pakistan, Russian, Mexico and Egypt. Most of them prefer to use their skills in Europe, which fits well with the European mission of attracting top talent to build a strong digital Europe. Of this year’s graduates, 30 per cent are female, 70 per cent male. Within Europe, the largest number of this year’s graduates come from Italy, Spain, Germany and Hungary.
Graduates have studied different programmes. Data Science, a programme that started four years ago, delivers the most students: 61, followed by Embedded systems (51) and Human Computer Interaction and Design (39). Among the cohort, 23 may call themselves security & privacy engineers and 23 cloud computing and services specialists. Other programmes are Internet Technology and Architecture (15), Digital Media Technology (17) and Software and Service Architecture (7).
In the speeches students were challenged to aim high and innovate for the greater good. Willem Jonker, CEO EIT Digital, called on students to use their technical knowledge and business skills to “bring technology to market in order to benefit society and not threaten it”. That call was, in slightly different words, repeated by Ana Trbovic of EIT. Georg Hauer, general manager of the online German bank N26 echoed this sentiment. “If a goal seems achievable, you are probably aiming too low.”
Arturo Varona, head of the EIT Digital Master School, said he was very proud of the students. “The skills our students learn are needed to build a strong digital Europe. That is what we expect them to do as well.”