This course is offered at the University of Trento by the security group in the framework of the Cyber Security track of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Digital) Master School programme.
See the UniTrento Cyber Security Master Track page for further information.
Most CS professionals will actually use, buy, or sell security technology and make security decisions. They don't design protocols, nor crypto algorithms, they decide which security technology they are going to use. The course provides the fundamentals to chose the appropriate security technology based on balancing threat and controls, costs, impact and likelihood of events. In other words the course will teach students to manage risk.
The course will introduce students to the key principles of Security Risk Assessment (Risk and Threat Analysis, Risk Assessment, Control Frameworks) both qualitatively and quantitatively. The student will identify threats and the corresponding security controls appropriate for two industrial case studies.
Students interested in further exploring the research topics behind this area can also take a Software Project (6ECTS) or a Research Project (12ECTS) by contacting the lecturers.
Regular and active participation in the teaching activities offered by the course (lectures, laboratories and group work) and in independent study and project activities will enable students to:
In terms of soft skills, active participation in the group-based teaching activities will enable students to learn how to organize group work, apply problem-solving techniques, deliver a presentation, and support their results with compelling arguments.
At the end students who successfully passed the course should be able to prepare and defend a cyber risk assessment, identifying the threats and the security controls and the residual risk for an industrial case study of moderate complexity.
General knowledge about Security is mandatory before attending this course (for the obvious reason that you cannot chose among technologies you don't know). This might be obtained by attending the Master Level courses of Introduction to Computer and Network Security, Cryptography, and Security Testing at the Cyber Security track in Trento. Bachelor students from Trento might also consider the course on Reti Avanzate which provides the minimum knowledge about security protocols.
|February||Introduction and Methodology|
|…||Risk Management Fundamentals|
|…||Risk Methodology to be used|
|…||IND1 - First Case Study Presentation|
|…||Identifying Assets and Activities to Be Protected|
|March||Identifying and Analyzing Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Exploits|
|…||Risk Mitigation with Security Controls|
|…||Mitigating Risks by post-controls for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery|
|…||Discussion on Likelihood estimation|
|…||IND2 - Second Case Study Presentation by Company|
|April||Introduction to Quantitative Risks|
|…||CVSS Base Metrics|
|…||CVSS Environmental Metrics|
|…||Quantitative Risk Analysis - Operational Risk Measures|
|May||Review of students' reports and material|
|…||Clarification of previous arguments|
During the course we will have a visit to a Security Operations Center @ Trentino Network.
The instructors will use:
The exam will evaluate the skills of the students in solving problems and the acquired knowledge of course's arguments. The exam will consists of both individual exercises to be done in the lab and a final report.
In the report students working in group or alone apply the concepts learned during the course to analyze a real case study. The report will be discussed with the lecturer and a company representative owning the case study. If the work for the report has been done in group, all the group members will normally be assigned the same mark.
A key criteria for the assessment would be the ability to identify risk assessment elements that are specific to the case study.
Being able to defend one's ideas in class is an important part of the evaluation (if a student cannot explain why s/he choses something him/her will get a negative vote for the relative exercise).
The following books might be useful:
Other recommended texts are
The precise schedule will only be available in the late winter 2019.
To be filled when the course starts.
To be filled when the course schedule is known (around January).
All assignments are assigned through Google Classroom. Students will be asked to comment in class on their assignment which must be submitted through Classroom.
The following is a tentative schedule.
|1 week March||IND1 - Assets Identification|
|2nd week March||IND1 - Threats Identification|
|3rd week March||IND1 - Pre Controls Identification|
|1st week April||IND1 - Post Controls Identification|
|4th week April||CVSS Base Lab|
|1st week May||CVSS Environmental Lab|
|2nd week May||IND2 Case Study Webinar by Industry partner|
|1st week June||IND2 Draft Report - Qualitative|
|Mid June||IND2 Final Report - Quantitative|
|4th week June||IND2 - students' presentations to industry partners|
The final deliverable by Mid June on case study IND2 should include:
Please check Google Classroom for the templates and submission.
Please register to Google Classroom for assignments and notifications.
If you do not register you will not be able to submit the step-by-step assignments and therefore you will not get the correspoding grades.