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2015/2016  KAN-CEBUV2022U  IT Security

English Title
IT Security

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 25
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Freddie Drewsen - Department of IT Mangement (ITM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Management
  • Strategy
Last updated on 13-08-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: At the end of the course, the student should be able to
• identify and explain main areas in IT security
• compare and analyse technologies within IT-security
• identify and evaluate threats, vulnerabilities and risk for a given system
• perform a risk analysis

In the case of mini project the student should either
• carry out a small risk analysis of a given case/organisation
• or analyse a given new security technology or security problem.
Course prerequisites
The course requires a basic knowledge of math such as primes, modulus and exponentiation. Furthermore binary representation of numbers and characters should be understood. Knowledge of networking and TCP/IP is required.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 2
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
Two compulsory exercises (asessed approved/not approved)
IT Security:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 3 students in the group
The oral exam starts with the defense of the mini project. Visual aids (e.g. PowerPoint) is allowed in this part.
Following the defense each student will be examined in the syllabus. One third of the exam time is allocated to the defense and one third of the time is for examination in syllabus. The remaining time is for examiners' discussion of grades and feed back to the student.
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
The subject of the mini project is chosen by the students during the course. Students are free to choose their own topic as long as it is within the field of IT security. However, problem statement must be approved by the course coordinator before writing. Learning objectives should be fulfilled.
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The field  IT Security is a broad research area with background  in Computer Science, Math, Psychology and Economics. The field is often used synonomous to Cyber Security or  Information Assurance, and  spans problems within the entire society from citizens through business to national security.
This course will give the student a fundamental understanding of some aspects of the field. Starting with an introduction to cryptology as a basic tool in security, the course will discuss authentication methods (OpenId etc.), access controls, privacy concerns, cyber threats, malware, internet and wireless threats. Finally the course will introduce organizational measures like risk management, security policies, and continuity planning.Some of the exercises will bring the students through forensics.
The course could be use as a preparation for a subsequent CISSP certification.

Teaching methods
The course will consist of lectures and exercises, complemented by one or two guest lectures.
Student workload
Lectures 24 hours
Prepare to class 96 hours
Exercises (Two of the exercies are compulsary) 25 hours
Exam and prepare 62 hours
Total 207 hours
Expected literature

Main text book
    Computer Security: Principles and Practices: Global Edition, 3/E
    William Stallings and Lawrie Brown, Pearson

    ISBN-13: 9781292066172


Lecture material and a list of literature will be provided at the web site for the course. Literature will mainly be taken from Internet.

Last updated on 13-08-2015