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TSIT02 Computer security 2017

The course takes place in period HT2 and can be included in several of our longer educations, is compulsory for students taking the security profile and is also taken by many Master's students, Erasmus students and others. There is a list below that briefly describes the course content, a description of the course goals can be found on another page. The lectures and all literature is in English.


There are 12 two-hour lectures, two two-hour guest lectures, and a lab course that spans the entire course duration. Two two-hour coaching sessions are reserved for each lab group.

Contact information

Main lecturer: Guilherme Xavier
Lecturer: Jan-Åke Larsson
Examiner: Guilherme Xavier
Teaching assistant: Niklas Johansson
Biometry lecturer: Ingo Hölscher, LiU-IT
Legal lecturer: Sebastian Wärmländer
Lab submission: tsit02-lab@isy.liu.se


The textbook we use for this course is Ross Anderson: Security Engineering (Wiley, 2008). This is a (very) large book, but don't panic -- I will only select parts of it for the course. The book is available online, free of charge, at the author's homepage. If you still want the hard copy (hey, it's cheaper than a gym membership!), it is not so expensive. However, we won't use the book too much during the course so I recommend the online version. The chapters in the course plan below reflects Anderson's book.

Course plan

Lecture slides appear shortly after each lecture.

Lecture 1 Brief history, terminology, measuring security Guilherme Ch 1, 25.5
Remember to register for the lab sessions!
Lecture 2 Authentication, tokens, biometry Ingo Ch 15
Lecture 3 Authentication, tokens, biometry (continued) Ingo Ch 15
Lecture 4 Web security, penetration testing, lab preparation Guilherme N/A
Lecture 5 Access control Guilherme Ch 4.1-4.2.2, 8.1-8.3, 9.2.1
Lecture 6 Implementation examples and Virtualization Guilherme Ch 4.2.3, 4.2.5, 4.2.7, 4.2.9-4.2.10, 8.5
Coaching 1 First lab coaching session Niklas Sign-up for one hour if you have questions or if you're stuck on some problem.
Lecture 7 Database security and software security (briefly) Guilherme Ch 4.2.8, 4.4.1-4.4.2,
Lecture 8 Cryptography as a security tool Jan-Åke N/A
Lecture 9 Key management and trust, side channel attacks Guilherme N/A
Lecture 10 Legal perspectives on computer security TBA N/A
Coaching 2 Second lab coaching session Niklas Sign-up for one hour if you have questions or if you're stuck on some problem.
Lecture 11 Communication and network security Jan-Åke Ch 21
Lecture 12 Social engineering, New access control paradigms, DRM, the Cloud Guilherme N/A
Guest lecture 15th of December: Accenture. See the guest lecture.


Lab sign-up is done via Lisam and should be started as soon as the course starts. Lab PM can be found here. Lab registration starts right after the first lecture. The TopDog server opens up for registration after Lecture 4.


A basic course on computer systems, software and/or hardware.

Guest lectures

These seminars are not a compulsory part of the course, but provide interesting insight in how security is used in the industry.

Guest lecture 1: Accenture

Date: 15th of December at 15-17
Location: A2

Description: Every new technology introduces a new security risk that can erode all benefits. Business leaders want to know: Are we investing enough in security? And are we investing in the right things? During this presentation we will discuss technology trends and how they drive the security market. Furthermore, you will get an insight in Accenture Security and the role as a security consultant.

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions - underpinned by the world's largest delivery network - Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About the presenters: TBA


A written examination three times a year. See the central schedule for examinations. Previous exams can be found in Lisam.

The examination will contain questions from the level of merely repeating and explaining facts to drawing advanced conclusions from knowledge in the subject. In order to pass, a student should be able to repeat facts about basic principles and typical countermeasures, to understand the concepts used, and to identify relevant basic security concepts in simple situations. For higher grades, the student should be able to do more detailed analyses, to apply general concepts in more complex situations and to draw conclusions from this application of general principles. Knowledge of specific details in products and protocols, such as how to change permissions in UNIX, how to use an NSF log, etc is not required.

Informationsansvarig: Jonathan Jogenfors
Senast uppdaterad: 2017-11-08