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.

Seit 28. September 2022 im Selbststudium
Kurssprache: 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.

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28. September 2022
31. August 2022

Anforderungen für Leistungsnachweise

  • Das Zertifikat erhält, wer es gebucht hat und den Leistungsnachweis erhalten hat. Mehr Informationen finden Sie in den Richtlinien für das Zertifikat.
  • Den Leistungsnachweis erhält, wer in der Summe aller benoteten Aufgaben mindestens 50% der Höchstpunktzahl erreicht hat.

Mehr Informationen finden Sie in den Richtlinien für Leistungsnachweise.

Dieser Kurs wird angeboten von

Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

Christoph Meinel (Univ.-Prof., Dr. sc. nat., Dr. rer. nat., 1954) ist wissenschaftlicher Direktor und Geschäftsführer des Hasso-Plattner-Instituts für Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI). Christoph Meinel ist ordentlicher Professor (C4) für Informatik und hat den Lehrstuhl für Internet-Technologien und Systeme am HPI inne. Seine besonderen Forschungsinteressen liegen in den Bereichen Internet- und Informationssicherheit und Web 3.0: Semantic, Social, Service Web, sowie im Bereich innovativer Internetanwendungen und Systeme, vor allem zum e-Learning & Tele-Teaching und zur Telemedizin. Daneben ist er aktiv in der Innovationsforschung rund um die Stanforder Innovationsmethode des Design Thinking. Frühere Forschungsinteressen lagen im Bereich der theoretischen Grundlagen der Informatik in den Gebieten Komplexitätstheorie und effiziente OBDD-basierte Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen.

Christoph Meinel lehrt am HPI in den Bachelor- und Masterstudiengängen "IT-Systems Engineering" und in der School of Design Thinking. Er bietet MOOCs an auf der openHPI-Plattform und betreut zahlreiche Doktoranden. Zudem ist er Honorarprofessor an der Informatik-Fakultät der Technischen Universität Peking und lehrt als Gastprofessor an der Shanghai Universität. An der Universität Luxembourg ist er Research Fellow am interdisziplinären Zentrum (SnT). Zusammen mit Prof. Larry Leifer von der Stanford University ist er Programmdirektor des HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Programms.

Christoph Meinel ist Autor bzw. Co-Autor von 9 Büchern und 4 Anthologien sowie diversen Tagungsbänden. Er hat mehr als 400 wissenschaftliche Arbeiten in angesehenen wissenschaftlichen Journalen und auf internationalen Konferenzen veröffentlicht. Darüber hinaus ist er Herausgeber der elektronischen Fachzeitschriften ECCC – Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity, ECDTR - Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research, des IT-Gipfelblogs und des tele-TASK-Archivs.