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IV1013 Introduction to Computer Security 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus IV1013 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Basic cryptography: symmetric and asymmetric cryptography.
  • Cryptographic hashing and digital signatures.
  • Security in protocols and services of the Internet.
  • Certificates and infrastructures for open key encryption.
  • Security in network systems: routers, firewalls, and systems to detect intrusion.
  • Security in operating systems.
  • Software security: vulnerability, attacks, and defence mechanisms.

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives an introduction to the basics of cryptography, security in computer systems, and network security. On completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • explain basic mechanisms in, and the structure of, secure communications protocols
  • describe weaknesses in computer systems, software, networks, and communications protocols as well as explain attacks that utilise such weaknesses
  • explain and compare advantages and disadvantages with common cryptographic technologies
  • design and implement simple cryptographic applications
  • account for and recognise threats against information security: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. as well as choose appropriate methods to protect against threats
  • design, implement, and evaluate security in networks.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

  • ID1018 Programming I
  • IK1203 Networks and communication 
  • IS1200 Computer Hardware Engineering
  • IX1500 Discrete Mathematics

Or equivalent courses.

Recommended prerequisites

  • ID1206 Operating Systems
  • ID1019 Programming II
  • ID1020 Algorithms and Data Structures 


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Goodrich, Tamassia: Introduction to Computer Security: Pearson New International Edition - Se vidare:

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • INLB - Written Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project Assignment, 6.0 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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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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.

Further information

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Course web IV1013

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Peter Sjödin (

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: