Google expert gives introductory lecture University of Bonn celebrates introduction of Cyber-Security course of studies
Bonn · On Tuesday, the official starting shot was fired for the new Cyber-Security course of studies at the Bonn University Club. The introductory lecture was given by Parisa Tabriz, the "Security Princess" of the Google Group.
Anyone with a qualification in cyber security has good prospects. The demand is great, and Dirk Backofen, CEO of the Cyber Security Cluster Bonn association and head of security at Deutsche Telekom, has an example from his own company: "Two years ago, we counted an average of four million Internet attacks per day. Now it's 42 million a day." And in May it was even 57 million. In one day. "The army of the bad guys is already there, the hackers out there. But where is the army of good guys who work with the same tools?
Backofen is therefore looking forward to the 58 young people who two weeks ago started the new cyber security course at the university. "In principle, we'll suck them right out of your hands in three years when they're ready," he told University Rector Michael Hoch on Tuesday. Both had come to the university club, where the starting signal for the course was given - with prominent support: none other than the "Security Princess" of the Google Group, Parisa Tabriz, had come from the USA to give the introductory lecture for the students.
They will be trained in cyber security in this bachelor's program. Hoch said that the topic had already been dealt with in computer science studies and that it is now being focused on. The 60 places would be increased, but more support would be needed. In the meantime, Michael Meier, professor of computer science, announced that a Master's programme is being prepared which Bachelor's students can choose after graduation. Some come directly from grammar school, others are already studying computer science. The course is practice-oriented, including an IT internship.
According to Backofen, the signal sent out by Bonn and this course is important. "We hope that many universities will follow this signal.“ Incidentally, it is no longer the case that the attacked only follows the attacker "because we act at eye level with each other".
The cyber security expert Tabriz would have liked to have taken a course in cyber security during her studies. This focus is overdue, she said, as is the growing awareness of account security. "I see a great deal of expertise in Germany and think the country is a pioneer for other nations.“
(Original text: Stefan Knopp / Translation: Mareike Graepel)