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SCP6076342, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1176, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMPUTER AND NETWORK SECURITY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Mathematics
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MAURO CONTI INF/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses INF/01 Computer Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 40 110.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 a.a. 2017/2018 01/10/2017 28/02/2019 CONTI MAURO (Presidente)
CRAFA SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
FILE' GILBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
MARCHIORI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No strict prerequisites on previous exams.
However, it is suggested to have basic knowledge of networking, cryptography, and distributed systems (typically acquired in BSc degrees in Computer Science).
Target skills and knowledge: To acquire basic security concept (e.g., Access Control, User Authentication, Malware, Attacchi DoS, Intrusion Detection/Prevention, Software and OS security, Trusted Computing), and knowledge of system security for Linux/Windows/Android, security of wireless/wired networks, web-application security.

At the end of the course, the students will be able to design the architecture of secure systems and applications, and individually update their knowledge in the field, also considering cutting-edge research results in the area.
Examination methods: Written.
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the concepts studied during the course.
Course unit contents: 1) COMPUTER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY AND PRINCIPLES: Cryptographic Tools, User Authentication, Access Control, Database Security, Malicious Software, Denial-of-Service Attacks, Intrusion Detection, Firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems.
2) SOFTWARE SECURITY AND TRUSTED SYSTEMS: Buffer Overflow, Software Security, Operating System Security, Trusted Computing and Multilevel Security.
3) MANAGEMENT ISSUES: IT Security Management and Risk Assessment, IT Security Controls, Plans, and Procedures, Physical and Infrastructure Security, Human Resources Security, Security Auditing, Legal and Ethical Aspects.
4) PART FOUR CRYPTOGRAPHIC ALGORITHMS: Symmetric Encryption and Message Confidentiality, Public-Key Cryptography and Message Authentication.
5) NETWORK SECURITY: Internet Security Protocols and Standards, Internet Authentication Applications, Wireless Network Security.

The second part of the course takes the form of seminars based on a selection of scientific papers (that either have had a strong impact on security today, or explore novel ideas that may be important in the future).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures; discussion of scientific papers.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Book (main book: Computer Security: Principles and Practice 2/E) and scientific papers.

The course will be given in English.
The web site of the course will offer all the information and additional material:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • W. Stallings, L. Brown, Computer Security: Principles and Practice 2/E. --: Prentice Hall, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Bishop, Introduction to Computer Security. --: Addison-Wesley Professional, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Flipped classroom
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Latex

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure