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When you search for a degree programme by name or by part of the name the options in the list of degree programmes below the search field is narrowed down. After this you have to choose the degree programme from the list.
IT Helpdesk provides students and employees at the University of Helsinki with user support on the university’s IT services, key applications and information systems. You can contact IT Helpdesk via chat, by telephone or by e-mail. If you need to reach IT Helpdesk quickly, you should preferably use chat. You may also call in urgent cases. If the matter is not urgent, use e-mail.
With the ID Point identification service, you can verify your identity for IT Helpdesk telephone services. The service is useful, for instance, if you have forgotten your password or the password is no longer valid and you cannot change it yourself. The service is available to all who have a valid university user account.
The identification code required for ID Point identification can be obtained by visiting an ID Point, found at all university campuses and in many remote locations. Note! A passport, an identity card for the Schengen region or a Finnish driving licence is required for the identification.
You will need a username and password to log in to your university computer and to use university IT services, such as e-mail, intranet and home directory. Your user account will be valid for a limited time.
Information security at the University of Helsinki must be protected at all times. One obvious example of information security threats are the repeated phishing e-mails that many of us have seen in our inbox. Online criminals have used phishing campaigns successfully to hijack several user accounts, thereby gaining access to the information of university staff and students as well as the university. At the same time, information security also means daily actions. We often automatically act in an unsecure or unsafe manner in terms of information security, without actively considering what would be good practices.
What is the University of Helsinki IT Security Test?
The University of Helsinki IT Security Test educates the university community on current issues and correct procedures related to information security. The short, annual test is mandatory for all staff members and degree students.
If you do not take the test by the due date, your user account will be locked and you can no longer access university services.
You will know how to keep your important information secure.
You will be able to act even more safely in the university’s IT environment.
You will minimise the risk of opening wrong links and becoming the victim of an online scam.
The questions of the information security test focus on current threats and help you keep your information security knowledge up to date.
When will I take the test?
Complete the test once each academic year. The times for taking the test are staggered throughout the academic year, and are assigned based on username.
You will receive an email notice when it’s your turn to take the test. The first email notice will arrive two months before the due date. Several email reminders will be sent after the first notice. The emails arrive from the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are planning to go abroad for more than two months, complete the test for the ongoing academic year in advance before your departure. The test for the new academic year is available from 1 July.
It only takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the test.
In the test, you are asked five questions which are randomly drawn from the question bank. The pass limit of the test is 80/100 points.
You can retake the test as many times as necessary to pass it.
If you do not complete the test by the due date given to you, your user account will be locked.
If your user account is locked and you have not taken the University of Helsinki IT Security Test, please contact IT-Helpdesk using the chat, by phone (029 41 55555) or via e-mail (email@example.com). The chat is often the quickest way to solve a problem if the IT-Helpdesk is congested!
NB! If you wish to unenrol from the course area after completing the test, do it the next day at the earliest. If you unenrol from the area immediately after completing the test, information on completion does not move forward to the background system of the test.
The test has been built with accessibility in mind. The accessibility of the test has also been assessed by an external expert organisation. Read more from the University of Helsinki accessibility report for student's IT Security Test. However, if you feel that you are unable to take the test due to an impediment, please contact IT-Helpdesk. We can figure out a solution together.
Frequently asked questions
Question: Why must I take the test?
Answer: The university’s management has decided to introduce the test because our information security has been tested heavily in recent years. Information security is a shared responsibility of all members of the university community, and upholding the university community’s IT security skills and awareness of current IT security issues is therefore important.
Question: Who prepares the questions and the test? Who can I give feedback to?
Answer: Several university units have participated in the preparation of the test and the questions. You can use the Feedback form for the IT Security Test to give feedback about the questions or the test.
Question: My user account is locked! What shall I do?
Answer: Please contact IT Helpdesk.
Question: What happens if I do not pass the test?
Answer: You can retake the test as many times as necessary to pass it. Don’t worry. The test is not difficult. The main purpose of the test is to raise awareness and focus attention on important matters in terms of information security. If you do not take the test by the deadline, however, your university user account will be locked and you will not be able to access the university’s systems. In this case, you can contact IT Helpdesk using the chat, by phone (029 41 55555) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and request an extension for taking the test, if you have justified grounds to do so. The chat is often the fastest way to solve a problem if the Helpdesk is congested!
Question: I have already completed Student’s digital skills and/or other studies on the subject. Do I still have to take this test?
Answer: Yes. All university staff members and degree students must take the University of Helsinki IT Security Test.
Question: I’m both a staff member and a degree student, which IT security test should I take?
Question: I'm an exchange student visiting at the University of Helsinki. Do I need to take the test?
Answer: The test is compulsory only for degree students completing a Bachelor's, Master's or a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki. If you are an exchange student or an other non-degree student, you don't need to take the test – but you can if you want to.
Secure and backed up disk space for you to save your files. In addition to your personal storage space, there are several other storage methods that are suitable for sharing information with others and for working with editable documents.
Sisu is the University’s student information system. In Sisu you can plan your studies, register for courses and, when the time comes, submit your graduation request. If you have questions on Sisu, please contact the University’s Student Services. Read more on the page Sisu instructions for students.