New course - Privacy by design
At the start of the year, Karlstad University embarked on a project that aims to develop and offer cutting-edge international web-based courses at master’s level. At computer science, a course is being developed with industry partners which treats legislation, as well as techniques, methods and processes supporting work with implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The course will teach advanced data protection techniques. It will support graduates with practical work for privacy compliance of information systems. The course is designed for computer science and engineering students, IT professionals and IT managers, IT security professionals and data protection / privacy compliance officers governing digital services in the private and public sector.
The course will be offered as a distance course and comprises five individual modules that may each be completed at your own pace. In total, the units are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits.
The five independent modules are:
- Introduction to Privacy and the GDPR: Privacy as a basic human right is increasingly at risk in our networked society. This module will introduce the concept and fundamental principles of privacy, discuss typical privacy risks that we are facing in context of Cloud Computing, IoT and Big Data, and will in particular introduce the legal principles of the Swedish Data Protection Legislation and of the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will present the measures and steps that organizations have to take for being compliant with the GDPR.
- Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET)
The PET module first builds a foundation with an introduction to security and privacy mechanisms and technologies. On this foundation, the course focuses on the how security and privacy mechanisms can be used to solve practical (and theoretical) problems, and discuss their pros and cons. Upon completion of the module, students will be able to give an account of the basic security and privacy enhancing technologies; to relate security and privacy goals to mechanisms and technologies; and to explain when and how to apply different privacy enhancing technologies.
- Designing for Privacy: Data protection by design and default is mandatory in the GDPR. Looking at data protection in the broader context of privacy, this module covers how privacy-friendly systems are designed. We look at the relationship between data protection and privacy to better understand the requirements from the GDPR and different types of ethos around privacy-friendly design, such as privacy by design by Cavoukian. On this foundation, the module presents how to effectively perform privacy and data protection impact assessments, introducing common methods and lessons learnt from the literature.
- Privacy Management is a continuous process that assesses privacy risks and privacy impact of the business case and data collection in question. It selects controls, ensures that privacy policies and systems are in harmony, and produces documentation for audit. The privacy management module will present the overall privacy management process as part of the organizational security management process. Case studies and assignments for asset inventory, privacy risk analysis and exercises for the selection of privacy controls will complement the course content.
- Privacy Patterns for Software Design: "The ability of a software system to meet any desired quality attribute is manifested in its architecture and design. This is also true for privacy, a quality attribute that software engineers will need to pay particular attention to with the new GDPR of the EU becoming operative in 2018. In this module, we will elaborate on strategies that software architects and software designers can apply to address privacy requirements. We will focus on privacy-related patterns for software design as reusable solutions to reoccurring privacy challenges. The module consists of pre-recorded lectures and podcasts, instructions for further readings and exercises."
The course materials will also be made freely available to those interested in learning more on their own, without applying or registering for the course. During the autumn of 2017 you can apply via www.universityadmissions.se during September. The course will start in January 2018.
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