HI117V IT-Security I 7.5 credits

IT-säkerhet I

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course consists of the following topics:

Overview; Classical Encryption Techniques, Block Ciphers and the Data Encryptions Standard; Introduction to Finite Fields, Advanced Encryption Standard; Contemporary Symmetric Ciphers; Confidentiality using Symmetric Encryption; Introduction to Number Theory; Public-Key Cryptography; Message Authentication and Hash Functions; Hash and Mac Algorithms; Digital Signatures and Authentication Protocols; Authentication Applications; Electronic Mail Security; IP Security; Web Security; Intruders and Viruses; Firewalls; Standards and Standard-setting Organizations; Project for Teaching Cryptography and Network Security.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the project course the student should know:

  • The principles of IT-Security and Cryptology

Course Disposition

Course disposition: The course is given in English and is of half time studies. The course is a distance course. For further information in English, please contact the teacher.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Completed upper secondary education incl documented proficiency in English.

Recommended prerequisites

No information inserted


You will need:                     

     *  A personal computer (PC) running Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/8

   * Internet access

   * two working email addresses (do not use free webmail clients, use POP3)

   * A scientific pocket calculator


Computer Security: Principles and Practice;

William Stallings, Lawrie Brown; 2008, 880 pp. Prentice Hall;

ISBN-10: 0136004245

ISBN-13: 9780136004240

Classical and Contemporary Cryptology;

Richard J. Spillman 2004, 304 pp

Prentice Hall,

ISBN-10: 0131828312

ISBN-13: 978-0131828315

/This book is included in the Digital Course Notes, with author´s permission/

Digital Course Notes IT-Sec I, 3 CDs, 1.5 GB, L.O. Stromberg

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • ANN1 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • ANN2 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • ANN3 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Examinations are offered three times a year: typically the first Saturday in May, August, and December.

Written examinations are four hours long, and consist of 68 questions; 60 of which are multiple choice (5 choices each) and 8 are in depth questions, including mathematical calculations. The Final examination in IT-Sec III is a lab project.

Written examinations worldwide can usually be arranged at other universities, as well as at Swedish embassies and consulates.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

No information inserted

Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

No information inserted


Lars Olavi Strömberg

Further information

Course web

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 HI117V

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study *

Electrical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

No information inserted


Asser Blomster, tel 08 7909518; e-post: asser@kth.se

Ethical approach *

  • 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.

Supplementary information

KTH was the first university in Northern Europe to establish academic computer forensics courses, in cooperation with national and international forensics agencies. Our courses are intended for working professionals, as well as for senior undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students.

For Whom:

is a KTH graduate, who has worked professionally for 3-5 years, and now wants to come back to specialize in his/her field. Many of our professionals typically study one whole day each weekend and 2-3 evenings per week. Average study time in each course is typ. 15-22 hrs/week, depending on background and experience.

Course availability:

Our courses can be taken from anywhere in the World, as distant education courses. Over the years our students have been located in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. In most cases you can even take the final exam in a foreign country.

Course Material:

Please review the course material, textbook(s), course notes and the course assignments before the course starts!

All of our course material is in English. In addition to the course textbook(s), we also make available about 1.5 Gigabyte of additional course material, including lectures, course notes, course assignments and reference material in each course, on three CDs (updated annually).

Whole day seminars / lectures / workshops:

In each course, we also offer four whole day (7h) Saturday seminars / lectures at KTH in Stockholm during each semester. Attendance is voluntary, but highly recommended. Recordings are made available to students with learning disabilities.


A custom-designed student support system (SSS) enables our students keep their contact info updated, obtain course information, submit course assignments and course papers – and receive immediate receipt in writing on all submissions 24/7 from anywhere in the World. SSS was specifically designed to work through most government and corporate firewalls.


KTH Students should contact their Academic Advisor or program coordinator. External Students should apply through the national website for higher education: http://www.studera.nu


Course Director & Examiner:

L.O. Stromberg


+46 8 790 9800

(Skype videoconf. available)

Education officer:

Asser Blomster


+46 8 790 9518



Therese Röstlundtherese.rostlund@sth.kth.se

+46 8 790 9736



The textbooks and the digital course notes are available from the university bookstore in Haninge:


+46 8 790 4885

Contract courses:

KTH Education

Harald Sammer


+46 8 790 0770


Course admission:


Admission questions:

KTH Admissions


+46 8 790 9440

Updated Course Info:

SSS - Student Support System

Once you have been admitted into one of our courses, please go to our course web site at http://ia1.org/courseinfo and enter in your contact info in this course (incl. two working email addresses), in order for you to receive updated course info.

To obtain our detailed course informationin English, please send an e-mail to studentsupportsystem@gmail.co and write Courseinfo in the subject line.