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Magnus Westerlund, DSc

Deputy Head of Department, Business and Analytics; Head of Master Degree Programme, Big Data Analytics, Principal Lecturer

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"My passion is to understand how novel IT systems and IT security can provide a positive change for our society. The long-term aim is to define what we mean by autonomous systems that are trustworthy, accountable, and that can learn from interaction"

Magnus Westerlund (DSc) is the Programme director of the Master degree programme in Big Data Analytics and Deputy Head of Business and Analytics Department at Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. He has a background from the private sector in telecom and information management and earned his doctoral degree in information systems at Åbo Akademi University.

Westerlund has research publications in the fields of analytics, IT-security, cyber regulation, and blockchain technology. His current research topics are found in the decentralized platform area of distributed clouds enabled by distributed ledger technology and the application of intelligent autonomous systems. 


Honkanen, P., Nylund, M. & Westerlund, M. (2018). Blockchain technology and the future of news. The
World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) Report.

Pulkkis, G., Karlsson, J. & Westerlund, M. (2018). Blockchain-based security solutions for iot systems. In
Internet of things a to z: Technologies and applications (Vol. 20180501). USA: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Westerlund, M. (2018). A study of eu data protection regulation and appropriate security for digital services
and platforms. Åbo Akademi University.

Grahn, K., Westerlund, M. & Pulkkis, G. (2017). Analytics for network security: A survey and taxonomy.
In Information fusion for cyber-security analytics (pp. 175–193). Springer International Publishing.


Forsström, M., Ahonen, M., WesterlundM., Tana, J. & Jeglinsky-Kankainen, I. (2019). Determining an influence in the adaption readiness of extended reality technology through educational studies. Journal of Advances in Higher Education11(1), 42–56.

WesterlundM., Neovius, M. & Pulkkis, G. (2018). Providing tamper-resistant audit trails with distributed ledger based solutions for forensics of iot systems using cloud resources. International Journal on Advances in Security Volume 11, Number 3 & 4, 2018.

Enkvist, J., WesterlundM. & Honkanen, P. (2017). Smarta avtal – en utmaning för avtalslagen? Tidskrift utgiven av juridiska föreningen Finland (JFT), (2017/1), 55.

WesterlundM. & Enkvist, J. (2016). Platform privacy: The missing piece of data protection legislation. JIPITEC – Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law7(1), 16.

Enkvist, J. & WesterlundM. (2013a). Personuppgiftsskydd–med särskild betoning på profilering. Tidskrift utgiven av juridiska föreningen Finland, (2), 85–113.

WesterlundM. & Enkvist, J. (2013). Profiling web users: In light of the proposed eu data protection regulation. Retfaerd - Nordic Journal of Law and Justice36(4/136), 46–62.


Ahonen, O., Mononen, A., Valpas, P., Jalakas, R., Mahla, M., Havukumpu, J., … Westerlund, M. (2019).
Muddie week – Multiprofessional digital development: Service design innovation model for higher
education in the context of digital health and wellbeing. Laurea Journal, Laurea University of Applied
Sciences, Helsinki, Finland.

Nylund, M., Honkanen, P. & Westerlund, M. (2018). Decentralized media: How blockchain technology
is changing media. Extended abstract presented at European Media Management Association (EMMA
2018), Media Management in the Age of Big Data and High-tech.

Westerlund, M., Espinosa Leal, L. A. & Akusok, A. (2018). Specialisation studies in big data analytics.
Toolilainen – Journal of Finnish engineering teacher society.

Westerlund, M. & Enkvist, J. (2017). Turning users into consumers: Why “free” services should be
regulated on price discovery. Extended abstract presented at TILTing Perspectives 2017 Conference: Regulating a connected world, 17-19 May 2017, Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands.