Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and The Hague University of Applied Sciences have combined their knowledge and expertise in education for professionals in the Cyber Security Academy (CSA) in The Hague. At the CSA scholars and lecturers together with experts from private and public sectors translate cyber security related issues into a varied range of multidisciplinary learning tracks for highly educated professionals. The CSA initiates and stimulates the development and supervises the implementation of innovative Master’s degree programmes, several shorter courses, masterclasses and tailored tracks in the field of cyber security.
The Cyber Security Academy Foundation was launched on 6 February 2014. The foundation was established in the form of a collaboration between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences and private partners such as Fox-IT, KPN, VKA, and ENCS.
Growing demand for cyber security specialists
The main reason behind the launch of the CSA is the growing demand on the labour market for cyber security specialists who can contribute to increasing the resilience of governments, organisations, and citizens on the basis of a coherent vision and approach. The current security issues are complex and the problems are continuously changing. Cyber criminals are still “more innovative” than businesses and governments. Mainstream education still offers too little training and research in the field of cyber security. Next to the fact that there is a great demand for cyber specialists, there is also a need for experts at the strategic level and for employees who can make the connection between technology and business-related topics such as management, legislation, privacy, and international relations.
Scientific master's programme in Cyber Security
The CSA’s core is a scientific master's programme in Cyber Security. The programme is organised under the responsibility of Leiden University in co-operation with the Cyber Security Academy The Hague (CSA) and accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flanders accreditation organisation). Upon successful completion, participants receive the diploma Master of Science (MSc) Cyber Security from Leiden University.
CSA’s key lecturers come from Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Additionally, guest lecturers from private and public organisations add a wide range of experience in cyber security. These parties include: management consultants (VKA, KPN, Considerati, Deloitte), technical specialists (NFI, vanderVoort Cyber Security, FOX-IT), as well as other experts (NCTV, HP, OCOM, Gemeente Den Haag, TNO, Erasmus University, Nyenrode).
This programme is aimed at higher educated professionals (computer scientists, lawyers, policy makers) with several years of professional experience in and affinity with issues related to cyber security. They work in various private and public organisations dealing with cyber security issues. Their role is to contribute to strengthening of digital defensibility of states, organisations, and individual citizens. By sharing their experience and knowledge with other professionals and with academic lecturers and lecturers from the professional field an inspirational learning environment has been created. The programme can be followed part time, lasts two years and starts each year in February.
A comprehensive vision on the approach to issues related to cyber security —based on the consensus that sustainable strategies for digital security solutions call for a coherent approach of technical, legal and administrative aspects — forms the basis of the master’s programme. The master’s programme teaches the participants to make connections between technical, legal, and social scientific aspects of cyber security, in order to come to effective and sustainable solutions for cyber risks and threats. This enables them to contribute effectively to sustainable strategies for digital defensibility and security of society as a whole, including organisations and citizens. Participants develop an integrated vision on cyber security.
Almost 50 professionals from various public and private organisations take part in this innovative cyber security master programme. More information on the programme.
Professional master’s programme Cyber Security Engineer
Next to this executive scientific master’s programme, a professional master’s programme Cyber Security Engineer will be developed in 2016/2017 in collaboration between the CSA, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and partnerorganisations. This programme will be submitted for accreditation to the NVAO, The Hague University of Applied Sciences will be responsible for this programme. For more information on the progress and launch of this professional master’s programme please follow the CSA website.
This project is one of the 17 initiatives listed in the HSD Master Plan for 2012–2014. See for more information on the CSA website or contact Mireille Snels, programme manager of CSA, via firstname.lastname@example.org.