NISlab History

Activities related to information security at NTNU (former Gjøvik University College) were initiated in spring 2001 in reaction to a request by the major Norwegian telephone company “Telenor” that is having a high demand of experts with background in various areas of information security. In the course of a pilot study, great demands were also recognized in the other Norwegian companies. Subsequently, the project for establishing a programme “Master of Science in Information Security” at GUC was launched in 2002 and successfully finalized with the NOKUT accreditation in August 2004. From 2002 to 2005 the security group at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden were responsible for quality assurance through professor Louise Yngström. In the same period, the Section for information technology and administrative systems (SITAS), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo was a partner responsible for the Legal Aspects course. In 2008 NISlab received the accrediation for its PhD program. The project received strong financial and personal support from Norwegian industry mainly Telenor, Norsk Tipping, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thales, DnB NOR and Sparebanken Hedmark. NISlab maintained its strong and important link to industry via the Bluelight network established in 2003. The idea of further establishing a network with public and private partners resulted in 2012 in the initiative of creating a Center for Cyber and Information Security that was formalized in August 2014 with 20 partners signing a contribution agreement.