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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.

自九月 28, 2022起开始自学
语言: English
Beginner, Cybersecurity


The Cybersecurity Basics exam can be taken after participating in the three workshops Confidential Communication in the Internet, Digital Identities and Cyberthreats by Malware.

Information on the courses:

Confidential Communication in the Internet

  • The Internet is an open network, data is transferred on open channels. Hence data could be eavesdropped on and manipulated
  • To secure data, technologies and methods for Encryption and Digital Signatures need to be applied

Goal of the Course:

  • Sensibilize users at the risks of data transfer in the Internet
  • Introduce protection measures by cryptographic technologies and their application in the real world

Digital Identities – Who am I on the Internet?

  • To use a digital service Online-Banking, Social Media or Online-Shopping a digital identity is needed
  • Digital identities need to be established, verified, bound to a physical person and are of extremely high interest for cybercriminals

Goal of the Course:

  • Introduce digital identities and the topic of identity management
  • Presentation of different methods of authentication and verification
  • Hints how to secure digital identities against attacks

Cyberthreats: Malware

  • Malware – malicious software – is one of the biggest threats on the Internet
  • Targets of malware can be multi-million dollar-companies as well as private computers, laptops, or smartphones!

Goal of the Course:

  • Introduce different types of malware together with the cyber-attacks which they enable
  • See, how one gets infected
  • Discuss, how to protect own systems


You can start the exam at any time within the exam period (August 31 - September 27, 2022). 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)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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)

Exam preparation

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 August/September.


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.

Certificates available

For each course

Confirmation of Participation

  • For all learners that worked on at least 80% of the material

Record of Achievement

  • For all learners that have successfully completed the marked weekly assignments (50+% points)

Overall (after taking the exam)

Record of Achievement

  • Available for learners that received confirmations of participation for each of the three courses and successfully completed the combined exam

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

openHPI offers a similar course series on the topic in German. The courses in German are Datensicherheit im Netz, Digitale Identitäten, Blockchain - Sicherheit auch ohne Trust Center.

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.


该课程是免费的。 只需在openHPI上注册一个帐户并参加课程!


Course End
9月 28 2022
Course Start
8月 31 2022


  • 合格证书授予那些进行了预定并且取得了达标成绩的用户 更多信息请访问 合格证书指南.
  • 课程证书 授予者需要至少取得课程总分的百分之 50%



Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

克里斯托弗·梅内尔教授是德国波茨坦哈索·普拉特纳研究院(HPI)院长。他是德国国家科学工程院 (acatech) 院士、计算机科学领域正教授(C4)并负责领导HPI互联网技术和系统研究组。他的主要研究领域包括未来网络技术,特别是信息安全和Web 3.0之语义网,以及社交和服务网。同时他也积极参与新型互联网应用的建设,专注于电子教育、远程教育和远程医疗领域。此外他也活跃在“设计思维(Design Thinking)”这个新的研究领域。他早期的研究工作主要集中于计算机科学领域的基础理论研究,如计算复杂度、基于有序二叉判定图的高效算法和数据结构设计。

克里斯托弗·梅内尔教授同时在IT系统工程领域和HPI设计思维学院面向本科生和硕士生授课。他是北京工业大学计算机科学学院名誉教授,是上海大学客座教授,也是卢森堡大学跨学科中心SnT(安全和信任中心)资深研究员。从2008年以来,他和斯坦福大学的拉里·莱弗教授(Prof. Larry Leifer)一起建立HPI-Stanford设计思维研究项目并担任组长。自2010年起,他执掌HPI 高性能计算实验室(Future SOC Lab)督导委员会。

克里斯托弗·梅内尔教授撰写或合著了10本图书和4本选集,同时也是众多会议论文集的编辑。他在高质量期刊和会议上共发表了超过400篇文章。他所拥有的高安全解决方案Lock-Keeper 国际专利已被西门子公司转为商用。他的新型移动课程录制和网络发布系统Tele-TASK 已被世界上多所大学和研究机构采用。他的针对互联网安全的虚拟tele-lab为互联网信息安全这个现实问题提供了获取实验数据的可能。最近开发的tele-board系统实现了创意团队的远程工作的支持。

克里斯托弗·梅内尔教授现任德国IPv6委员会主席、南非UTD Meraka 顾问委员会会长和SAP安全顾问委员会会员。在2006年他与哈索·普拉特纳教授(Prof. Hasso Plattner)一起主持了德国联邦总理安杰拉·默克尔博士(Dr. Angela Merkel)的德国首届“信息技术峰会”。他是特里尔大学通讯技术研究所的创始人,并于1998~2002年间担任该研究所所长。此外,克里斯托弗·梅内尔教授还担任一系列电子学术期刊的主编。