Today's large complex systems-of-systems are difficult to overlook and manage, while an attacker only needs to find one vulnerability to get in. This course teaches methods for analyzing threats, risks and defense mechanisms of large systems, which can streamline security work and improve protection.
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Content and learning outcomes
Companies today have thousands of software based computer systems that all are depending on one another in a large complex network, a system-of-systems. That IT attacks succeed to a large extent due to this complexity. A company needs to understand the whole system while an attacker only needs find one way in. At the same time, there is a large set of attack types that are utilised and plenty of proposed defence mechanisms.
This course main content aims to develop students' understanding of:
- the complex IT landscape of today by creating models of such.
- which attacks that are utilised today to cause harm and how these can propagate through a large network.
- what defences there are and when they are best suited against different attack types.
- how risk can be calculated and used to prioritise security work.
By in the course provide;
- guest lectures from the industry,
- a larger project, and
- several smaller course components within the project.
Intended learning outcomes
After passing the course, the student should be able to
- model threats in large-scale computer systems (including software, networks etc),
- simulate attacks in large-scale computer systems
- carry out risk analysis based on a model and simulation
- describe which defence mechanisms computer system can have
- report and present models, simulation, risk analysis, and defense strategy for a given system
in order to
- understand and explain which threats a specific system can have
- understand and explain how attacks work and propagate through a system architecture
- argue why certain risks should be prioritised
- choose the right defence to decrease risk.
Hybrid (All compulsory parts can be completed remotely. Some optional parts are only carried out physically.)
Literature and preparations
- Knowledge and skills in basic programming, 6 credits, corresponding to course DD1315/DD1316/DD1337/ID1018.
- Knowledge in English corresponding to the upper secondary course English B/English 6.
General knowledge in computer science and IT as well as basic experience of working with cyber security.
Compilation of material freely available via the internet is provided via the course platform.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- PRO1 - Project assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
An examination opportunity is offered in the Spring.
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web EP279V
Main field of study
This course overlaps with EP2790.