Cyber Security E-DAT301

Cyber security is a broad term that encompasses many different threats, defenses, and responses. This course will give you basic knowledge on how to handle these elements.

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Kr. 9.500,- + semester fee and literature

Cyber Security has emerged as a critical area of interest and need for businesses.

Course manager Ferhat Özgur Catak


No matter what size organization you work for, how much you know about cyber security, or where you are in your career, it would help if you worked to protect your company from the many cyber threats facing it. On the other hand, there are evolving attacks, hacking tools and defense techniques. The key is to understand the threats, their purpose, and the best ways to respond to them.

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This course gives you an introduction to the essential concepts, tools and techniques in Cyber Security. It is designed to help you understand the most important threats, how they work, their purpose, and the best ways to respond to them. The course is relevant for IT professionals who want to understand the cyber security domain better, thinking like a hacker to find the security holes to penetrate the victim systems and learn the best ways to defend against them.

Development and implementation of this course is partly sponsored by Lyse AS, which is why we can offer this course at a reduced price.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Footprinting and Recon
  • Network Scanning
  • System Hacking
  • Social Engineering
  • Denial of Service Attacks
  • Web Applications
  • Cryptography

The course will provide you with a good understanding of the key concepts and vocabulary in Cyber Security, including attack vectors, possible threats, and their purpose.

You will understand the fundamental principles for defending against cyber-attacks and the most critical defense techniques.

The course is a digital course and consists of video lectures, demonstrations and exercises, including digital realtime discussion and question-answering sessions.

The subject is taught as "hybrid distance learning", i.e. with live online Q&A sessions and prerecorded videos

There will be a live introduction seminar at the start of the course, 19th of February and some lectures with discussion and question-answering sessions. Dates will come later.

  • Date: 6th of May
  • Type of exam: 2 hours Multiple choice exam
  • Grading: A-F

Recommended previous knowledge

  • Basic understanding of computer networks, operating systems, and the Internet
  • Basic understanding of security concepts
  • Basic understanding of programming basics
  • Basic understanding of databases

General admission requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification (GSK = grunnleggende studiekompetanse) or prior learning (realkompetanse).
  • Read more about the admission requirements here: Universitet og høgskole - Samordna opptak. If you apply on the basis of formal competence , the necessary documentation must be uploaded at the same time as you apply.

Admission based on prior learning (realkompetanse)

  • If you wish to apply for admission to higher education, are aged 25 or over and do not have higher education entrance qualifications, you may apply on the basis of prior learning. The University of Stavanger itself has the authority to assess what qualifications that are required. Please upload a CV and work-certificate.

Admission requirements for applicant with foreign education

  • You must document their higher education entrance qualification according to the GSU-list. You can find more information about the GSU-list here: by choosing the country where your education is taken. The language requirement is mandotary for English and Norwegian.
  • You must upload an offical translated diploma in either English or a Scandinavian language before submission.

Applicants with Norwegian or English as a second language must document sufficient knowledge of Norwegian or English.

  • You can also go to NOKUT to see which countries require an English test (GSU list) GSU-listen | Nokut.
  • If you do not meet the language requirements above you may apply on the basis of prior learning. If the default language at work is english, you can then upload a document from one of your manager/HR manager that confirms your language proficiency.

The syllabus are the lecture slides with references.

The course will be set up as long as there is a sufficient amount of applicants


Associate Professor
KE D-436
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Administrational contact person

Higher Executive Officer
Division of Education
UiS Lifelong Learning
Executive Officer
Division of Education
UiS Lifelong Learning
Senior Adviser
Division of Education
UiS Lifelong Learning