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2020/2021  KAN-CBUSV2033U  Business Cyber Security: Analyzing and responding to threats in a digital world (B)

English Title
Business Cyber Security: Analyzing and responding to threats in a digital world (B)

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 30
Max. participants 100
Study board
BUS Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Irfan Kanat - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Customer behaviour
  • Information technology
  • Organisation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 05-02-2020

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Learning objectives
At the end of the semester, students should be able to:
  • Reflect on the evolution of threat landscape with regards to threat cycle
  • Evaluate the role of people, processes, and technology in cyber security
  • Account for organizational and inter organizational dynamics that shape cyber security policy
  • Recognize foundational technologies as they relate to cyber security
  • Assess the efficacy and efficiency of different controls against cyber risk
  • Formulate appropriate tactics and strategies in response to various threat scenarios
  • Apply the mandatory literature in support of proposed strategies
Course prerequisites
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 3
Compulsory home assignments
There are 5 mandatory assignments written in groups. Each student has to get 3 out of 5 activities approved in order to qualify for individual final exam. There will not be any extra attempts provided to the students before the ordinary exam.

If a student cannot participate due to documented illness, or if a student does not get the activities approved in spite of making a real attempt, then the student will be given one extra attempt before the re-exam. Before the re-exam, there will be one home assignment (10 pages) which will cover 3 mandatory assignments.
Business Cyber Security: Analyzing and responding to threats in a digital world:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Hand in assignment based on prior assignments.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Digital transformation has been a vital resource for contemporary business. As with every blessing, digital transformation brings its own curse. As organizational data and resources are increasingly networked the businesses are being exposed to  breaches, leaks, and other incidents.


Business cyber security is concerned with safeguarding digital resources and information systems. This course introduces students to practical computer security, balancing social/organizational, technical and legal aspects of what is increasingly recognized as an indispensable part of managing information systems and technology infrastructures. The course provides a business and management-oriented view to data security, and students will be presented with a variety of insights into both public and private organizations, and different rationales for the ongoing engagement with data security.


Throughout the course, students will be introduced to different types of threats, attacks, their prevalence as well as the types of technical and organizational responses, ethical and juridical aspects of cyber security. The course is intended to expand the students’ vocabulary by focusing on both academic/theoretical concepts and to increase their professional ability to coordinate and communicate about the social, human as well as technical underpinnings of threats to data security.


The main learning activity will be class room teaching, case studies, as well as interactive workshops. 

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, Workshops, Ungraded Quizzes
Feedback during the teaching period
For mandatory assignments, written feedback will be given to each group on CBS canvas. The instructor will also go over common problems in class for each assignment. Finally office hours can be used to obtain further oral feedback on specific questions.

For team presentations, the feedback will be provided orally.

For ungraded quizzes, oral feedback will be given collectively at the lectures based on student answers to quizzes.

The mandatory assignments form the basis of the final project, therefore students will receive feedback on what is expected at the final exam before the fact. For the final exam written feedback will be provided through eksamen.cbs.dk.
Student workload
Lectures 24 hours
Workshops 24 hours
Reading/preparation 86 hours
Project writing 72 hours
Expected literature

The field of cybersecurity is very dynamic. Therefore the reading list is updated every year. While not an exact list, our expected literature can be classified as:


High profile cases: Target, Equifax, Maersk


NIST special publications: 800-37, 800-39, 800-53, 800-61 and so on


ENISA publications: Threat landscape report


Other industry reports: IBM, Verizon, Center for Cybersecurity.

Last updated on 05-02-2020