IMT4203 - Critical Infrastructure Security


New from the academic year 2017/2018

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 1/3
Written examination 2/3 3 hours E

Course content

-Critical Infrastructures and Information Infrastructures
-Threat Actors and Agents in Critical Infrastructures
-Infrastructure Modelling, Robustness, and Dependencies
-Cyber-Physical Systems and their Security
-Control Systems Security
-Selected Aspects of Critical Telecommunications Infrastructure Security and Resilience
-Selected Aspects of  Power Networks and Generation Infrastructure Security and Resilience
-Selected Aspects of Oil and Gas Infrastructure Security and Resilience
-Selected Aspects of  Transportation Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Learning outcome

-Advanced knowledge of core concepts of critical information infrastructures and general critical infrastructure as well as their dependencies
-Advanced understanding of infrastructure and infrastructure robustness models
-Advanced knowledge of cyber-physical systems and control systems security

-Ability to analyse threat modelling approaches and to assess their suitability for a given set of threat sources and agents
-Ability to critically analyse existing theories and methods for the study of cyber-physical systems security and to independently apply such methods to related problems
-Ability to carry out research in selected areas of infrastructure security and resilience under guidance and supervision
-Ability to identify and critically analyse primary research literature on critical infrastructure security and to apply appropriate scientific reasoning

General competence
-Ability to apply knowledge of concepts and methods of analysing security and resilience of infrastructures to new fields
-Capability to discuss academic and professional topics in the field of modelling and securing selected critical infrastructures both with a specialist and general audience
-Critical understanding of professional and ethical, including research ethics, issues in the field of critical infrastructure security

Learning methods and activities

-Project work

Additional information:
-Lectures, term paper, project work, and reflection.
-The course will be made accessible to both campus and remote students, the latter on a best-effort basis. Lectures will be given on campus and recorded if possible with lecture notes and recordings made available via the online learning management system.
-Candidates are expected to select a topic for a term paper and perform independent study on an active research area connected to the topics covered in the module. 

Compulsory requirements: None

Further on evaluation

-If the course is to be re-sat, both elements must be re-sat.
-Re-sit examination in August for the written exam. No re-sit in the same semester is possible, candidates must undertake both term paper and re-sit written examination.

Forms of assessment:
-The written examination contributes 67% to the final result, and the term paper 33%.
-Both term paper and examination must be passed to pass the course.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Information Security (MIS)
Information Security (MISD)

Required previous knowledge

Candidates should have read IMT4113 Introduction Cyber and Information Security.

Course materials

-E.D. Knapp: Industrial Network Security
. Elsevier (2011)M. Newman: Networks
. Oxford University Press (2010)
-K. Stouffer, V. Pilliteri, S. Lightman, M. Abrams, A. Hahn: NIST SP800-82Rev2: Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security
. U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (2015)
-G. Sorelo, M. Echols: Smart Grid Security
. CRC Press, 2012
-Setola, Lopez, Wolthusen: Critical Infrastructure Protection: Information Infrastructure Models, Analysis, and Defence
. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 7130, Springer-Verlag (2012)


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/3
Autumn ORD Written examination 2/3 E 2017-11-30 10:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.