Metropolia's IT-students studied security risks of web applications in Wales

03.09.2013

Photo: Spike Sheppard

Metropolia’s IT-students deepened their web security knowledge in the Erasmus intensive course in Wales in the spring. The course focused on web applications security and it was coordinated by the Munich University of Applied Sciences. They and Metropolia, as well as four other European universities and universities of applied sciences in Spain, the UK, Italy and Cyprus took part in the implementation. This spring, the event was hosted by the University of South Wales (former University of Glamorgan).

Most of the websites are based on interactive web applications. And here is the danger: exactly this interactivity makes them vulnerable for hacking attacks. More and more companies and governments are attacked almost every minute. However, there are not enough IT-security experts. This is why, the professors Klaus Köhler and Alexandru Soceanu of the Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany, Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, have organized and coordinated already for some years the Intensive Programme to this highly up-to-date subject.

The intensive course is designed by web security experts from all participating universities. The content is targeted at advanced students of computer networks and software engineering. More than 70 students and 20 teachers also participated in the course this year. 11 students and three teachers were from Metropolia. Mr. Matti Puska, a senior lecturer at Metropolia, participated in the course as a teacher. According to Puska this kind of intensive course supplements students' professional skills very well. In addition, the students learn how to work in international groups. This demanding, but very instructive course was seen as a useful tool for developing students’ knowledge, language skills and co-operation skills.

Helsinki Metropolia UAS will host a kick-off meeting in late September in order to plan the 3rd intensive course, which will be held in Santander, Spain, next spring.

Erasmus is a program for exchange and cooperation in higher European education institutions, funded by the EU. It is part of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme.

Take a look at a video from the course.

For more details please contact:

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Senior Lecturer Matti Puska
firstname.lastname@metropolia.fi
p. +358 9 742 464 04


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