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inf460 - Security (Complete module description)
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Module label Security
Module abbreviation inf460
Credit points 3.0 KP
Workload 90 h
Institute directory Department of Computing Science
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Computing Science (Master) > Theoretische Informatik
  • Master's Programme Engineering of Socio-Technical Systems (Master) > Embedded Brain Computer Interaction
  • Master's Programme Engineering of Socio-Technical Systems (Master) > Human-Computer Interaction
  • Master's Programme Engineering of Socio-Technical Systems (Master) > Systems Engineering
Responsible persons
  • Peter, Andreas (module responsibility)
  • Peter, Andreas (authorised to take exams)
Basic knowledge in security
Skills to be acquired in this module
The goal of this module is to provide a foundation in computer and network security.
Professional competences
The students:
  • are aware of the threats posed by cyber attacks to computer and network systems
  • understand the basic principles and mechanisms to protect a system against these threats
  • are able to apply this knowledge to assess the risk of cyber attacks to a given system as well as to develop and evaluate countermeasures against them
Methodological competences
The students:
  • carry out a threat and risk assessment
  • formulate security requirements for a given system
  • identify and apply standard security solutions to meet them (These are examples, the exact skills depend on the focus chosen by the student.)
Social competences
The students:
  • are able to master a new topic by self-study and interaction with experts and peers
  • are able to explain principles and applications of computer security to experts and non-experts
  • are able to expertly discuss security risks and incidents
The students:
  • follow up and critically assess current developments in computer security including security incidents
  • are security aware in their own behaviour, in their assessment of the systems they work with, and those they develop
Module contents
This module provides a broad and comprehensive knowledge in computer security. The topics cover threat analysis and attack trees, essential cryptographic tools, user authentication, access control, malware, intrusion detection and prevention, denial-of-service attacks and defences, software security and trusted systems, and network security. Students without prior knowledge in computer security focus on basic principles such as listed above. Students with prior knowledge in computer security can deepen their knowledge by studying real-world examples such as the SSL/TLS protocol. Typically, they will illustrate their topic by discussing a security incident reported in the public domain security news.
Recommended reading
  • Computer Security, Principles and Practice by William Stallings and Lawrie Brown, 3rd Edition, Pearson 2015
  • Security Engineering by Ross Anderson, 2nd Edition, 2008
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency annual
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text
Associated with the module(s): Security of Cyber-Physical Systems
Teaching/Learning method 1S oder 1VL
Previous knowledge - Grundkenntnisse im Bereich Sicherheit
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
will be specified in class
Presentation and paper, oral exam, or exam (depending on the number of students)
Type of course Course or seminar
Frequency --
On-site workload 28 h