Time: 20 September – 30 November 2023
Place: Kotka Campus / Online studies
Extent: 5 ECTS credits
Number of study places: 20
Target group: Everyone interested in the topic
Required previous skills:

Credited in degree at Xamk: All Master level degrees
Area of competence mentioned in Curriculum: Optional studies 
Enrolment by: 27 August 2023
Price: EUR 12 / credit or semester fee EUR 175. You can read more about our payment policy here.

Please, notice that the fee for one semester will not be refunded, if the combined fees for your chosen studies remain below EUR 175 or you cancel your studies.

Note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.

Please also notice, that Xamk degree students cannot enrol on Open UAS courses.

Learning outcomes:
To introduce trusted computing, TPM and Remote Attestation, and their place in modern cybersecurity.
The course will provide both theoretical and practical knowledge.

  • You are able to define Notions of Trust
  • You understand Threats
  • You understand Basic Computer Architecture and Operation
  • You understand Boot Sequences
  • You understand Trusted Platform Model and its role in the Boot Process
  • You are able to define TPM and its operations
  • You understand Remote Attestation
  • You understand Supply-Chain Security, Timestamping, Notarisation
  • You understand Forensics
  • Additional Topics
    • Cloud
    • Container Trust and Security
    • Confidential Computing and CPU Enclaves

Contents and methods:

  • What is trust, attestation and trusted computing? 
  • Boot-time trust and boot mechanisms, secure boot vs measured boot
  • Trusted Platform Module
  • Attestation
  • Run-time trust, Supply-chain trust
  • Forensics 
  • Container trust, Confidential Computing

All software for the course is open source and tooling is provided in all major Linux distributions (NB: some familiarity with Linux command line and operating system basics).

Course will consist of theory and practical work. The theory will be presented in person and online Teams meeting will also be held at the same time as in person sessions.

In person sessions:

  • 20.9.    16:30 -> 20
  • 4.10.    16:30 -> 20
  • 18.10.  16:30 -> 20
  • 1.11.    16:30 -> 20
  • 15.11.  16:30 -> 20

The course covers 5 ECTS credits, totalling 135 hours of student work. The number of hours is theoretical and varies according to student effort.

Study material:
Will be provided with the course – a basic TPM tools course is available via GitHub + exercises.

Assessment methods and criteria:
Essay on given study topics + practical exercises.

Assessment scale: 

The Transcript of records will be delivered automatically by email in PDF form. You can read more about the the Transcript of records on: Information on Open UAS, Xamk Pulse studies.

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
You can cancel your enrolment free of charge 30 days before the course starts. If you have not cancelled by the due date, we will charge the full cost of the course. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

Before the course starts, you'll receive a course invitation by email.

Please note that there can be changes in the course details in terms of the timetable and teachers, for example.


South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is audited by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC).

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