IIK6520 - Basic Cyber and Information Security


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The course IIK6520 in Basic cyber- and information security for Teachers is divided into 5 themes/modules as following:

Module 1: Privacy

Module 2: Cybersecurity

Module 3: Social media and internet hygiene

Module 4: Digital vulnerability

Module 5: Hacking methods and password security

Each module consists of lectures, group assignments, exercises, and exchange of experience.

  • The course participant will learn about the basic principles of cyber security and how to respond to these threats and teach students to be cyber secure.
  • Develop a training package for teachers to increase awareness of Cyber-security inspired by the American GenCyber program.

Learning outcome

In this course, the participant will learn about the basic principles of cyber and information security, digital vulnerabilities, online privacy, biometrics and password protection, modern cryptography and ethical hacking, as well as learn how to deal with professional, ethical, legal security issues and responsibilities related to social media and cyberbullying, and how they can use a variety of security initiatives when it comes to protection to alleviate these problems.


  • explain the basic principles and best practices for responding to cybersecurity incidents.
  • explain simple attack methodology and suspicious attempts at connection to gain unauthorized access to a computer and its resources.
  • discuss the impact of digitization on individuals - organization and society
  • describe the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach to cybersecurity and privacy in schools
  • discuss the GENERAL Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how it affects teacher handling of student data
  • discuss cyber defense and attack techniques, technologies and tools to explain appropriate solutions to be able to prepare for, defend against cyber intrusion.
  • explain the importance of information and technology and how they change modern society.
  • describe various tools that protect data and websites. These include strong passwords, biometrics, two-factor authentication and firewalls.


  • demonstrate the ability to solve simple problems in cyber and information security by proposing solutions.
  • learn different types of cyberattacks, and how these can be protected from or reduced.
  • share best practices in the use of social media and pass on to their students.
  • expand their field of knowledge in cybersecurity that is relevant in schools in line with new curricula.

General competence

  • plan and implement a cybersecurity week in basic cybersecurity in cooperation with students and colleagues.
  • describe typical threats to modern digital systems, and outline techniques of resistance to them.
  • reflect and teach how attackers gain unauthorized access to systems and data.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is based online, and emphasis is placed on task solving both individually and in groups. Mandatory submissions of work requirements along the way. This program is divided into 5 digital modules based on the curriculum consisting of textbooks and online resources.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Information Security (MISD)
Miscellaneous Courses - Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (EMNE/IE)

Required previous knowledge

Admission requirements

  • Approved teacher education and employed in schools during the study period.

Course materials

The participant must dispose their own computer.

Håkon Bergsjø, Ronny Windvik, Lasse Øverlier: Digital sikkerhet en innføring. Universitetsforlaget, 3. utg. EAN nummer: 9788 2150 34225.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Information Security
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Department with administrative responsibility
Pro-Rector for Education


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