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inf461 - Security of Cyber-Physical Systems (Complete module description)
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Module label Security of Cyber-Physical Systems
Module abbreviation inf461
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)
  • Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Prüfungsberechtigt)
No participant requirements
Skills to be acquired in this module
Professional competences
The students:
  • are aware of the threats posed by cyber attacks to cyber-physical systems
  • understand security solutions specific to CPS
  • know examples of security architectures of CPS
  • are able to apply this knowledge to assess the risk of cyber attacks to a given CPS as well as to develop a conceptual systems security architecture for it
Methodological competences
The students:
  • carry out a threat and risk assessment for a given CPS
  • formulate security requirements for a given CPS
  • develop a systems security architecture for a given CPS 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 the significance and facets of security for CPS to experts and non-experts
  • are able to expertly discuss security risks and incidents of CPS
The students:
  • follow up and critically assess current developments in the security of CPS including relevant security incidents
  • are security aware and foster a security culture with respect to CPS and the resulting critical infrastructures
Module contents
Embedded systems in the energy, transportation, and health domains are currently undergoing a technological transition towards highly networked automated cyber-physical systems (CPS). Such systems are potentially vulnerable to cyber attacks, and these can have physical impact. This includes targeted sabotage of a plant (e.g. Stuxnet), large-scale sabotage of infrastructure to cause economic damage (e.g. attacks against energy grids), and indiscriminate attacks to cause civilian casualties (e.g. by compromise of transportation systems). In this module we investigate and discuss security principles, solutions, and architectures for CPS as well as real-life security incidents. The topics include distance bounding protocols, location tracking and counter-measures, safety and security engineering of CPS, security in the automotive and maritime domain including car hacking and vehicle-2-x communication, hacking in the medical domain, attacks against energy grids, Stuxnet, CPS and society: benefits, risks, acceptance.
Recommended reading
Recent scientific papers and reports in the public domain news.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency annual
Module capacity unlimited
Module level
Type of module
Teaching/Learning method 1S oder 1VL
Previous knowledge keine
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
At the end of the lecture period
Presentation and written documentation, oral exam, or exam
Type of course Course or seminar
Frequency --
Workload Präsenzzeit 28 h