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Case Studies in Cyber Security


Admission requirements

Admission only after intake, please see our website.

Admission only for those students who are enrolled in the technical track.


In this course attention is paid to scientific research design and technical report writing. In addition to this, this course deals with security management, security design principles, security in architecture and resilience engineering, sensitive data processing and the usage of anonymisation techniques.

Whereas in modules Measures and Interventions and Network Security of the technical track attention was paid to the characteristics of ICT systems, types of attacks and possible security measures, the main aim of this course is that students translate and apply their theoretical/technical knowledge in specific case studies. Case studies will be related to mobile system security, SOC operations and security monitoring, threat modelling, data integrity in the cloud, and blockchain technology. Participants will design a security architecture and analyse a system for the chosen case. They should write a primarily technical report, taking non-technical aspects and possible impact into account. In addition to the report the students should give a presentation for both staff and their colleagues.

Course objectives

Participants have:

  • understanding of cyber threats and vulnerabilities, incidents and their potential impact.

Participants are able to:

  • identify in a practical case possible attacks, translate them to technical requirements, and the latter to security measures, taking the non-technical aspects into account.

  • translate and apply theoretical knowledge of cyber security to professional practice.

  • weigh business and security risks and to define technical requirements.

  • translate technical understanding into a multidisciplinary oriented policy.


7 days from 9.30 until 17.00 in February and March 2021

Mode of instruction

Lectures, seminars, exercises, class discussion
Lecturers: Dr. Olga Gadyatskaya (Leiden Inst. Advanced Computer Sciences), Dr. Zeki Erkin (TU Delft) and Renato Kuiper

Assessment method


  • 40% of final grade

  • grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course

  • resit of a fail is possible

report on mobile security

  • 60% of final grade

  • grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course

  • resit of a fail is possible

  • resit will take the same form

Reading list

Compulsory literature and literature for further consultation will be announced via Brightspace.


No registration is required for lectures and exams.


Dr. Olga Gadyatskaya Chantal de Groot, study coordinator


For more information see our website.