If you have completed the three security workshops offered on openHPI this year, you should now have a good knowledge of the basics of cybersecurity. Here we offer you the opportunity to take an exam on the material from all three workshops. If successful, you will receive a record of achievement or a qualified certificate, which is usually only awarded in 6-week courses.
You may not register for the exam until you have met the eligibility requirements. The following criteria must be met:
The participation in the weekly assignments in the individual courses is not relevant for this exam.
Confidential Communication in the Internet
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Digital Identities – Who am I on the Internet?
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You can start the exam at any time within the exam period (March 1 - March 31, 2021). The test contains equal parts of questions from all three courses mentioned.
If you choose to take the qualified certificate, please allow some time for the registration process. It may take up to 48 hours to calibrate your photo. The Hasso Plattner Institute recommends crediting 2 ECTS credits upon achievement of the qualified certificate.
Exam Time: 2 hours
Pattern: 60 questions (Multiple Choice/Multiple Answers)
Participation in the 3 Workshops Confidential Communication in the Internet, Digital Identities, Cyberthreats by Malware
Proof of a Confirmation of Participation in each of the three workshops (access of at least 80% of the learning material)
There is the possibility of self-study, through self-tests offered in each of the three courses. Learning material is provided in the form of short learning videos, interactive quizzes, and tasks, forum discussions on several topics as well as other related material. The quizzes can be taken multiple times through the recap feature, which shuffles the questions during each attempt. Homeworks from the courses are available as self-tests even after the course has been completed. Moreover, there is a possibility to fast-track all three courses and the exam in March.
The examination format is flexible, to suit the participants. There is the opportunity to self-study for the exam. The results of the individual courses/participation in the weekly assignments in the individual courses are not relevant for the final Cybersecurity Basics examination.
For each course
Confirmation of Participation
Marked Confirmation of Participation (Record of Achievement)
Overall (after taking the exam)
Record of Achievement
Qualified Certificate (with 2 ECTS points)
Same requirements as for the Record of Achievement
Online proctoring during the final exam
Compatibility with German courses/Cybersecurity series
Even though the content in two of three courses is almost identical, the course series are not interchangeable. This is because the Cyberthreats by Malware course is completely new. If a participant has already completed some/all of the German courses, we highly recommend completing the three English courses as well, since it will be a good exam preparation.
This course was rated with 3.89 stars in average from 44 votes.
Find out more in the certificate guidelines.
Christoph Meinel (Univ. Prof., Dr. sc. nat., Dr. rer. nat., *1954) is CEO and Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI) at the University of Potsdam.
Christoph Meinel is full professor (C4) for computer science at the HPI at the University of Potsdam, and holds there the chair of Internet Technologies and Systems. He was the founding dean of the first private faculty of Germany, the Digital Engineering faculty of the university of Potsdam.
He teaches courses on IT Systems Engineering in the Bachelor and Master Degree programs on digital engineering of the HPI and on design thinking at the HPI D-School. He is the author of various interactive online courses at the MOOC platform openHPI.de which was and is developed and operated by his team. His research focus is currently on knowledge and educational technologies, security engineering, and AI. He is also active in innovation research and design thinking. Earlier scientific work concentrated on efficient algorithms and complexity theory.
Christoph Meinel is author or co-author of 19 books, many anthologies, as well as numerous conference proceedings. He has more than 700 (peer-reviewed) papers published in scientific journals and international conferences, and holds a number of international patents. He has supervised and supervises many master and doctoral students, more than 70 have already successfully defended their doctoral theses.
He is a member of the National German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program, member of the board of governors of the Technion in Haifa, visiting professor among others at the TU Beijing, and member of numerous scientific committees and supervisory boards. Together with Larry Leifer he was program director of the HPI Stanford Design Thinking Program and serious editor of the Springer serious “Understanding Innovation”. Since 2012 Christoph Meinel has developed the MOOC platform openHPI which is meanwhile used by various partners (SAP, WHO, KI-Campus, …) and counts more than 15 Mio. learner enrollments. In the years 2016-2021 he has developed the HPI Schul-Cloud which meanwhile is used in more than 4.000 schools all over Germany. For many years he offers the HPI ID Leak Checker service which is frequently used by 16 Mio. users. He was the founder of the scientific journal ECCC and in the years 1994-2016 its editor-in-chief.