Official course description, subject to change:
Basic info last published 18/03-20

Applied information Security

Course info
Language:
English
ECTS points:
7.5
Course code:
KSAPINS1KU
Participants max:
50
Offered to guest students:
yes
Offered to exchange students:
Offered as a single subject:
yes
Price (single subject):
10625 DKK (incl. vat)
Programme
Level:
MSc. Master
Programme:
MSc in Software Design
Staff
Course manager
Assistant Professor
Teacher
Postdoc
Course semester
Semester
Efterår 2020
Start
24 August 2020
End
22 January 2021
Exam
Exam type
ordinær
Internal/External
ekstern censur
Grade Scale
7-trinsskala
Exam Language
GB
Abstract
This is a hands-on course that teaches the basic principles of computer security. You will get in-depth experience with cyberattacks, and how to prevent them. The course projects enable you to personalize the course to match your unique background.
Description

In this course, you learn how to determine security requirements, and how to identify risks to these requirements. You get hands-on experience with concrete cyberattacks that realize these risks. You learn how to audit a system to determine that an attack has taken place. Most importantly, you get experience with many methods and tools that prevent cyberattacks, including cryptography, authentication, authorization, and isolation. Finally, you learn how to design a user experience such that users can conform to security requirements.

The projects in this course give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in your choice of the many disciplines that underpin computer security, including social sciences, computer systems, programming languages, and mathematics. 

This course provides a window into the activities of security analysts, penetration testers, forensic analysts, security architects, and security engineers. This course can thus function as a starting point for pursuing such careers.

Ultimately, the goal is to enable you to make appropriate security-related decisions. The course does so by teaching you how to think clearly about security, by focusing on basic principles.

Formal prerequisites

Before taking this course you must: 

  1. Be able to design, implement, and test, medium-sized programs in Java, C# or other mainstream programming language.
  2. Have implemented at least two medium-size programming projects.
  3. Know basic algorithms and data structures.
  4. Know basic discrete mathematics.

Third-semester K-SD students fulfill these requirements. These requirements can be satisfied by taking a course on Introductory Programming, Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and Data Structures, and another course that has a programming project in it.

Finally, you must meet the admission requirements of ITU.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Determine security requirements for a system, and analyze a system for security risks
  • Identify, list, and explain standard cyberattacks on systems.
  • Identify, list, and discuss major principles of computer security.
  • Identify, list, and explain Lampson’s “gold standard” mechanisms for computer security (authentication, authorization, audit).
  • Identify, explain, and apply isolation in computer security.
  • Identify, explain, and apply cryptography in computer security.
  • Describe basic computer forensics techniques.
  • Design and discuss usability in computer security.
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
D: Submission of written work with following oral, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
D2G: Submission for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the submission. Shared responsibility for the report.