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ICT and cybersecurity

ICT is a fast-growing business sector in Jyväskylä. Top expertise in this sector is especially evident in e-businesses, mobile and security technology. Research competence focuses on regular mobile services (usability), information security, simulation research and combining computational sciences with information technology such as machine vision solutions. Jyväskylä is a centre of world-class expertise in cyberattack prevention.

The field offers a great number of opportunities, especially for e-business, mobile and security technology. Organisations, such as the Defence Forces, police and other official bodies in particular, benefit from security technology applications. Jyväskylä is also the location of strategic agencies, such as the Finnish Defence Forces’ C5 Agency, which is responsible for the organisation’s IT services, the IT hub of the Finnish Social Insurance Institution Kela and the head office of Valtori, the Government ICT Centre.

ICT know-how in Jyväskylä is concentrated in the e-business and services sectors, mobile and security technology. The city’s ICT cluster is home to 500 active companies employing about 6,000 people. The combined value of their operations is one billion euros. The University of Jyväskylä and JAMK University of Applied Sciences play a central role in developing cybersecurity expertise.

Teaching and research

ICT sector training has developed rapidly to ensure that teaching can respond to new needs. Jyväskylä University offers programmes in the following areas: Computational sciences and applied mathematics, Games and gaming, Social media, Human-computer interaction and usability, Data analysis, Information security, Cybersecurity. The University of Jyväskylä and JAMK University of Applied Sciences are Finland’s leading IT sector educational institutions.

Jyväskylä’s strengths::
1. Industrial IT and industrial products
2. Telecommunications
3. Cybersecurity
4. Game production
5. IT software services
6. Digital marketing and communications

 University of Jyväskylä IT Faculty

The University of Jyväskylä places a strong emphasis on ICT and is ranked fourth among the country’s top ICT-focused universities.

Research and education at the IT faculty is structured to meet international standards, recommendations of the ICT 2023 working group, and national and international strategies and programmes. In addition, educational programmes are developed from a multidisciplinary perspective by creating a broad offering in information systems science, computer science, computational science, applied mathematics, cognitive science and educational technology.

The University of Jyväskylä is part of a growing national cybersecurity ecosystem. Currently there are 85 students enrolled in the institution’s cybersecurity master’s programme. Looking into the future, the goal is to provide 40 new places annually. There are 30 graduate students in the cybersecurity field. The University of Jyväskylä is involved in international cybersecurity research and teaching cooperation with Israel, Estonia and Germany, among others.

Kyberturvallisuuden tieteellisten läpimurtojen osalta Jyväskylän yliopiston merkittävimmät tutkimusalueet ovat:

  • Cyber security and Big data
  • Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)
  • Trusted computing
  • Cyber security strategies
  • Cyber security expertise and education
  • Hyperspectral-based criminal investigation and security solutions
  • Smartphone-based crisis management and crisis communications

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JAMK University of Applied Sciences and JYVSECTEC

Every year 20 new students are admitted to JAMK University of Applied Sciences to pursue a Master’s degree in cybersecurity, one of the most popular disciplines in the ICT field. The goal of the programme is to respond to the growing challenges posed by cybersecurity. A majority of the programme’s students already work with IT firms or organisations.

A central part of the study programme involves information security management, legislation and regulation, and understanding standardisation and regulatory activities. The most important data security technologies, protocols and applications also form part of the programme. Students learn the skills required to conduct data security testing. Upon completing their studies, students know how to design, develop, implement and manage cybersecurity-related technology solutions. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skill to help defend real-world organisations against cybersecurity threats.

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JYVSECTEC (Jyväskylä Security Technology)

JAMK University of Applied Sciences is also home to Finland’s first independent cybersecurity research, development and training centre, Jyväskylä Security Technology (JYVSECTEC). The centre hosts a Realistic Global Cyber Environment (RGCE) providing the framework and systems required to develop an organisation’s cybersecurity expertise and implement cybersecurity exercises.

JYVSECTEC offers cybersecurity exercises, consultancy, research, testing and training services. The environment is also used for research and development projects. JAMK and JYVSECTEC help construct a credible and reliable image of Finland’s robust cybersecurity expertise. They promote national and international networks, as well as new operational models and new forms of cooperation. The training centre also creates, develops and disseminates contemporary and impartial information about cybersecurity.

State organs regularly conduct exercises at JYVSECTEC. These include the Finnish Defence Forces and Valtori, the government ICT provider, as well as a number of Finnish companies. These exercises help develop personnel’s ability to detect and understand cyber threats that could compromise operations. They also educate employees and enhance their ability to take appropriate action in a hazardous situation. The exercises take place in a secure closed environment constructed to correspond to real-life internet systems (RGCE, Realistic Global Cyber Environment).

JYVSECTEC was initially launched as a project in 2011 with funding from the Regional Council of Central Finland and the European Regional Development Fund. Cooperation partners included Airbus Defence and Space, Ajeco, Descom, Relator and the Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes. The project received additional funding to develop a cybersecurity cluster and other related investments from spring 2015 to the end of 2017. In addition to public funding, the project implemented by JAMK’s IT institute is currently supported by Airbus Defence and Space, Cygate, Elisa, Fingrid and TeliaSonera Finland.

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