IMT4203 - Critical Infrastructure Security


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

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

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 Gjøvik 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 (3 h) contributes 67% to the final result, and the term paper 33%.
-Both term paper and examination must be passed to pass the course.

The written exam will take Place both in Gjøvik and Trondheim.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Communication Technology (MSTCNNS)
Communication Technology and Digital Security (MTKOM)
Information Security (MIS)
Information Security (MISD)
Information Security (MISEB)
Security and Cloud Computing (MSSECCLO)

Required previous knowledge


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)

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IIKG6502 7.5 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Information Security
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/3

Release 2020-11-24

Submission 2021-01-11

Release 09:00

Submission 23:59

Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination (1) 2/3

Release 2020-12-18

Submission 2020-12-18

Release 09:00

Submission 11:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 2/3 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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