Industry 4.0: A New Master Degree Programme: Industrial Safety and Security

The University of Augsburg for Applied Sciences has introduced an interdisciplinary Masters programme in safety and security in Industry 4.0. The aim is to address a range of questions which become more acute as production moves further towards Industry 4.0

The “Industrial Safety and Security” Master programme, which will be offered at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences from the summer semester in 2017, deals with various aspects of safety and security in the field of Industry 4.0. For example, it will address questions such as:

  • are complex production networks in the industry safe from hacker attacks?
  • what kind of safety or security loopholes exist in remote maintenance in the field of plant and machine construction?
  • how do you protect companies from spear phishing and social engineering?

The course will be taught both in German and English and applications can be made to Augsburg University of Applied Sciences.

The degree programme is the only one of its kind in Bavaria, and is offered as an interdisciplinary programme at the Faculties of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Business. It is aimed at graduates of Bachelor programmes in the fields of engineering and computer science, as well as graduates of business-related degree programmes with a focus on technology.

Over the course of three semesters, students will acquire the skills necessary to come up with interdisciplinary solutions to safety and security problems in the areas of industrial automation, control systems and critical infrastructure. This practical degree programme focuses on a range of subjects including IT security, data protection, functional safety, IT law and employee management.

An added benefit is that the programme offers students practical training in using a networked automated production system in the “Industrial Safety and Security” lab. Security problems that may arise in companies, such as a large hacker attack on sensitive IT data, are simulated directly in this lab. The students also work in close cooperation with scientists from the HSASec research group for IT security and digital forensics, and the HSAOps optimization and operations management research group.

More information about the course and applications can be found, here.

Photo credit: http://www.colourbox.com. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft.

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