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Security and Organization


Admission requirements

This course is part of the minor Security, Safety and Justice, taught at TU Delft by a lecturer from TU Delft. The course can only be taken within the framework of participation in the minor SSJ.


In this course you will be introduced to safety and security risk management as it is applied within organisations. You learn to understand, calculate and apply the concept of risk in safety and security settings, being aware of its benefits and limitations. You acquire academic knowledge and skills that allow you to analyse decisions made by risk managers, as well as reports on risk topics in media. The course focuses on safety risk first (accidents), and then extends the scope to security risk (attacks).

The following topics are covered:
• Introduction into risk concepts, such as probability, frequency, threat, vulnerability, impact
• History of risk thinking
• Quantitative assessment of safety and security risks in organisations
• Similarities and differences between safety and security risk
• Fault trees and attack trees
• Security testing
• The risk management cycle in organisations

Course objectives

After this course, you are able to:

• understand, apply, and calculate risk and related concepts in safety and security settings, as well as reason about those
• explain the similarities and differences between safety and security risk and their assessment and articulate their relative value for security
• understand the tasks and responsibilities of the risk manager
• apply safety and security risk analysis techniques such as fault and attack trees in a structured way
• explain the possibilities for security testing in organisations, and make choices among those possibilities
• make well-founded decisions regarding safety and security issues and countermeasures, explain these choices and communicate them.
• translate current safety and security subjects to the operational environment
• apply academic skills for security analysis and security communication


The timetable will be displayed with a link on the website and on the front page of this minor programma. The schedule 2018 will be published asap.

Mode of instruction

Lectures (mandatory)

Course Load

Total work load: 140 hours
Lectures: 21 hours
Self study: 119 hours

Assessment method

  • Students are expected to actively participate in class.

  • The grade is based on a written or digital exam (100%)

  • Participation in lectures, discussions and exercises is required in order to obtain a grade. Student presence and participation is required and all assignments/exercises have to be fulfilled. One lecture can be missed. If a second lecture is missed, an assignment will be given to compensate. If a third lecture is missed, a passing grade can no longer be obtained, unless permission is granted from the Board of Examiners (with consent of the lecturer).

  • There is a resit for the written or digital exam in block 2, which will take the same form


Lecturer uses Blackboard
Blackboard will be made available one week before the start of classes

Reading list

Bernardus (Ben) Ale (2009). Risk: An introduction. Abingdon: Routledge (or e-book).

Additional material will be made available via Blackboard.




Dr. ir. Wolter Pieters
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Values, Technology & Innovation
Safety & Security Science
Room: b2.240 (building 31 TU Delft)
+31 15 27 88989


All sessions will be in English.
The exam needs to be completed in English.
Lectures take place at TU Delft and are mandatory. You can miss one of the lectures without consequences (see also: assessment) , as long as you comply with the other requirements.