Highly Sought After Professionals Educated at Zagreb’s FER

Lauren Simmonds

As Lucija Spiljak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of July, 2019, the study of information security at Zagreb’s FER was initially launched ten years ago, and the examples of the application of the type of knowledge gained in these studies come to the forefront in risk assessments and dominantly all aspects of data protection.

Ten years ago, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) in Zagreb decided to set up an information security education program to help meet the needs of the labour market for specialists from that area.

Information security is one of the fundamental principles of data processing, and examples of the application of this knowledge consistently come to the very forefront in assessments and risk analysis, as do the effects on data protection, the obligations of applying technical and safeguard measures, and incident management.

”Personal data is collected, processed and stored through information systems. Knowledge in the field of information security, at least a basic understanding of the risks and dangers, is important for adequately fulfilling the duties of a civil servant,”explained Dr. Tihomir Katulić, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb.

The council of expertise in information security is composed of four professors from FER: President of the Council Prof. Boris Vrdoljak, Vice President Prof. Krešimir Fertalj, Ph.D., PhD, Stjepan Groš, and Prof. Nikola Hadjina.

Hadjina is one of the founders of the Zagreb-based study, and he came to the idea of ​​launching the study.

“The recommendations of the world’s experts in this area pointed to the need for education and the acquisition of knowledge which can be used in every segment of information and communication technology,” says Hadjina.

The Senate of the University of Zagreb decided to launch the study in 2009 and the in the academic year of 2010/2011, the first generation of students enrolled.

Experts interested in information security education have certifications of world-recognised and well-known brands at their disposal. These include the likes of CISSA, CISP and CISM, intended for professionals already in the field of security who want to formalise their knowledge.

“This leaves a significant number of experts who aren’t in security, who would like to enter this area and need help to overcome the basics. With our specialist training, we aim exactly for the likes of them. There are many very who are capable of being system and network administrators, and there are many programmers who know how to do their job, but their knowledge of security is only superficial.

They can benefit from this study because we will introduce them, in a structured way, to security, and enable them to work in better paid positions in the long run.

They can also go on to gain some of the certifications mentioned at the beginning and thus further advance their career. This study is also suitable for those who may have good knowledge of security, but only about a small part of it,” explained Stjepan Groš.

Upon completion of the studies, in most cases, the students continue to work for the companies they’ve been in, and the study was there to supplement their knowledge.

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