t.BA.WM.INCSEC-EN.19HS (Introduction to Computer and Communication Security) 
Module: Introduction to Computer and Communication Security
This information was generated on: 24 April 2024
Introduction to Computer and Communication Security
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Version: 2.0 start 01 February 2021

Short description

The Introduction to Computer Security elective module provides students with an introduction to what to secure, against whom, from what and, above all, how. It also gives tips on where to obtain reliable information.

Module coordinator

Stephan Neuhaus

Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
Participants can say who wants to hack their systems and why ("threat landscape") F, S K2
Participants know how to obtain an overview of the threat landscape and attack patterns, can name examples of current attacks and have applied attacks themselves in the lab (e.g., hacking passwords, breaking connections). F K2, K3
Participants understand how confidentiality, authenticity and integrity of data can be obtained at rest and in flight, and what to look out for. F, M K2
Participants know different approaches to analyse the security of services, systems, or products, and have applied some of these in the lab (e.g., vulnerability scanner). F K2, K4

Module contents

- Threat Landscape
- Data security
  - Encryption, authentication, integrity
- Protection
  - Secure communication
  - Anti-Virus, Firewall, IDS, Data-Loss-Prevention
- Analysing and testing security
  - Threat-Modeling
  - Automatic Security-Testing
  - Penetration-Testing («Hacking»)
- Using Information Systems safely
- Humans in the loop

Teaching materials

Slides, labs

Supplementary literature

Will be dealt with separately


Basic programming (e.g., Java or Python)

Teaching language

( ) German (X) English

Part of International Profile

(X) Yes ( ) No

Module structure

Type 2a
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Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
Graded assignments during teaching semester Multiple-choice tests written 10-15 min pass/fail 60 %
End-of-semester exam Presentation oral ca 10 min pass/fail 40 %



Legal basis

The module description is part of the legal basis in addition to the general academic regulations. It is binding. During the first week of the semester a written and communicated supplement can specify the module description in more detail.
Course: Introduction to Computer and Communication Security - Vorlesung
Introduction to Computer and Communication Security - Vorlesung


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