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Cyber Security





Cyber security has become an integral element of almost any business and affects everyone’s personal life. The breakneck speed at which new technologies emerge or get introduced to the market is causing the emergence of security threats and creates a highly complex development to manage. CIO’s and CSO’s are expected to pursue the latest opportunities to keep their companies stay ahead in competitive markets, but need to balance such agility with thorough consideration for the security capabilities of their organizations.
This set of lectures addresses 6 important areas for CIO’s, CSO’s and their strategic advisors:

  • The concept of a cyber space.

  • The concept of cyber crime.

  • The impact of technological change on cyber security.

  • Executive and Operational Management of cyber security.

  • Investing for sustainable cyber security.
    The course considers the challenge for cyber security from a business perspective, either externally driven by economical, technological or societal drivers or internally driven such as management directives for better executive or operational control or focus.
    The course makes extensive use of the latest publications in this area through web references and applicable articles. Topical developments in the business world that bear relevance to the subject matter might be included for discussion on an ad-hoc basis.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, the student should:

  • Be able to understand and apply cyber security models in line with ICT strategy and plans.

  • Be cognizant of economical, technological and societal forces of change on cyber security in an organization.

  • Be familiar with the issues around cyber security as investment and its perceived value.


The schedule can be found on the LIACS website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

4 Lectures (4 hours each). Extensive use will be made of an interactive platform

Assessment method

Weekly assignments will involve reading prescribed article, searching material on the Internet and occasionally interviewing practitioners in companies. This is partly group work, partly individual. Participation in class and on the interactive platform will be taken into account for the final grade.
The final exam will consist of a major, written assignment. The deadline for this assignment will be 2 weeks after finishing of the lectures.
Grading for this course is based on:

  • participation: 10%

  • homework/team assignments: 35%

  • final review paper: 55%



Reading list

The presentations and background articles will be available on Blackboard References to books will be provided during the lectures, but purchase is not essential


You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this [link]( msc 1718) for more information and activity codes.

There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator


Programme Co-ordinator: ms.Esme Caubo