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IV2024 Principles of Computer Security 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IV2024 (Autumn 2010–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course includes:
* Introduction to information security
* Security Models and Policies
* Cryptography overview
* Security Architectures, incl. Identification, authentication, access control.
* Malicious Software, incl. Viruses, worms, trojan horses, etc.
* Program Security
* Security Tools
* Assurance
* Law and ethics
* Privacy and Privacy Enhancement Tools

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this course the student will be able to
a) communicate knowledge of the concepts, models and terms commonly used in the area of ICT security.
b) identify and productively experiment with currently relevant ICT security issues.
c) evaluate factors that influence the security of systems.

Course disposition

Lectures and Practical Assignments.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligibility for "single-course" students not enrolled in a KTH programme:

  • BSc degree within Business Administration, Economics, 180 ECTS credits (hp) in Technology or Natural Sciences or equivalent and
  • documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Matt Bishop: Introduction to Computer Security, Addison Wesley, 2005, 0-321-24744-2

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


  • INL1 - Assignment, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Written Examination and Assignments. Possible grades for the written examination are A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F while each of the assgnments are either pass or fail (P/F).

To pass the course it is necessary that both the written examination and the assignments are passed. The total grade of the course is based on the grade of the written exam.

If the student is close to pass the exam (assessed by the examinator), the student gets the opportunity to pass the exam by doing a complement assignment. This assignment can only give the grade E, and not higher. The assignment must be sent in according to given deadline and can only be used to raise the grade to E on the current exam.

Detailed examination criteria for the course can be obtained at:

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

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 IV2024

Offered by

ICT/Communications Systems

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Alan Davidson,, 08-161543