FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on the Cybersecurity Higher Education Database.

1. WHAT IS THE CYBERSECURITY HIGHER EDUCATION DATABASE?

The Cybersecurity Higher Education Database is a unique crowd-sourcing database – populated by academic institutions – listing cybersecurity degrees in EU, EFTA, and other European countries.

2. WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR SUBMISSION?

Any higher education institution can submit a recognised by the member state or EFTA programme through the following steps:

  1. Submit the degree’s information via the dedicated form
  2. ENISA reviews your submission – additional information may be requested
  3. The degree becomes visible to the public*

Steps for submission

* The degree will become outdated after one year from the submission date. It is responsibility of the submitter to update the degree's information, via the private link provided. Otherwise the degree will automatically disappears from public view.

3. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A PROGRAMME TO BE LISTED ON THE DATABASE?

ENISA validates each submission to ensure that the submitted programme falls within the scope of the database. For this reason, a number of requirements has been setup:

  • For a bachelor’s degree: at least 25% of the taught modules are in cybersecurity topics.
  • For a master’s degree: at least 40% of the taught modules are in cybersecurity topics.
  • For a postgraduate specialization programme: at least 40% of the taught modules are in cybersecurity topics and the program has a minimum of 60 ECTS.
  • For a PhD: the dissertation must be in a cybersecurity topic.

A cybersecurity topic corresponds to any of the topics that might fall within the remit of the knowledge areas of the Cybersecurity Curricula 2017 developed by the Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education.

Auditable evidence of the programme studies might be requested.

4. WHY A DEGREE DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE DATABASE?

There are a number of reasons why a specific degree does not appear on the public database. The main reasons are:

  • Nobody submitted the degree yet
  • The degree does not meet the requirements
  • The degree information are outdated*

* The submitted degrees that are not updated after a year since their submission are considered outdated. Outdated degrees are no longer visible to the public.

5. ARE THE INFORMATION IN THE DATABASE UPDATED?

The information are updated at least once a year by the institution.  To keep their degrees updated and publicly listed, submitters should update a submitted degree by following the steps below:

  1. Access the submissions, via the private link provided*
  2. Edit degree’s information and submit the changes
  3. ENISA reviews the amended submission
  4. The updated version becomes public and the expiration date is renewed**
  5. The system will inform the submitter when the degree needs to be updated

* Submitters may restore their private link though the Link recovery page.
** After editing a submission, the expiration date of the submission is updated for another year.
*** Submitted degrees not updated for a year are considered outdated.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION

 For further information or questions, please contact the database administrator at .

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