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ICT systems


Admission requirements

Admission only after intake, see the website of the Cyber Security Academy.
Admission only for those students who are enrolled in the technical track


This course deals with hardware, software and network security.
The first part deals with security, functions and operating systems. Also, attention will be paid to application security as well as secure software development.
In the second part attention will be paid to specific security threats. The trade-off between security risks and technical requirements will actively being weighed. We consider the identity and characteristics of hackers and the hacking techniques they are using. The various types of attacks, varying from password cracking, malicious code among others, to identity theft, are analysed. Finally we briefly consider the practical aspects of security in networks and communication, also attention is paid to forensics.

Course objectives

Participants have:

  • a more detailed understanding of security functions and operating systems, application security and secure software development.

  • a general overview of security threats, different types of security attacks and understanding of the identity and characteristics of various types of attackers

  • understanding of the most common technical solutions taking the security threats into account

  • understanding of the importance of trade-off between security risks and technical requirements (more particularly weigh security risks versus technical requirements)
    Participants are able to:

  • define technical requirements with respect to security solutions.

  • communicate about the chosen technical requirements with non-technical stake- and shareholders within organisations


7 Fridays from 9.30 until 17.00

Thursday 6 December 2018
Friday 7 December 2018
Friday 14 December 2018
Friday 21 December 2018
Friday 11 January 2019
Friday 18 January 2019
Friday 25 January 2019 (exam)

Mode of instruction

Lectures, seminars, exercises, class discussion.
Lecturers: dr Jan van der Lubbe (TUD), dr. Christian Doerr (TUD) and others.

Course Load

5 EC

Assessment method

Assignments (70%), written exam (30%).

No compensation is possible for assignments of 30% or more. Only assessments with a weight under 30% are compensable. This means that one does not have to pass an assessment if it weighs less than 30% in order to pass the course, if the average of all assessments combined is at least a 5.5. In addition, assignments with less than 30% are not re-sitable, meaning that if one failed an assessment of less than 30%, one is not allowed to redo it.


Yes, for posting slides of lectures, relevant literature and assignments.

Reading list

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


No registration is required for lectures and exams.


Dr. Jan van der Lubbe (TUD) Drs. Mireille Snels, programme manager


For more information, see the website of the Cyber Security Academy.