The Laboratory Cybersecurity in Production is a cooperation between Fraunhofer IOSB-INA and the OWL University of Applied Sciences in Lemgo. Specialists and managers from industry and public administration receive compact qualification in high-quality laboratories with up-to-date IT infrastructure. There, they recreate real threat scenarios, learn to recognize their significance and consequences, and study suitable solution concepts in terms of their practical application and effectiveness.
Based on proven cooperation models between Fraunhofer and universities of applied sciences, a model is being implemented for the continuing education of IT security specialists that integrates the universities of applied sciences as partners in cooperative research, in the development of the continuing education concepts and teaching modules, and finally in the teaching of the course content.
By setting up the cybersecurity learning lab and networking the training courses offered by various partner consortia, users and decision-makers are addressed. The modules are tailored to the needs of industry and public administration in terms of sector, topic and function.
From the point of view of the business community, it is important that the content is modular and precisely geared to practical issues. In this context, it must be taken into account that the practical part of the continuing education program has a large scope. In addition, it is necessary that the continuing education for skilled workers can be combined as easily as possible with the employees' everyday working lives. This means that the individual modules of the program should be compact (one to three days) and not tie up resources over long periods of time.
The quality of the training courses is ensured by the involvement of the Fraunhofer Academy. The academy is responsible for incorporating the latest findings from learning and education research into the development of the courses and for continuous quality management.