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AY 2018-2019: Fundamentals of Cyber Security, Bologna Business School, Master in Digital Technology Management.

Course material:
  • Textbook:
    • Computer Security: Principles and Practice, 3/E William Stallings, Lawrie Brown. Global Edition. ISBN-10: 1-292-06617-2 ISBN-13: 978-1-292-06617-2
  • Slides:
    • Available on this page. Please drop me an e-mail for username and password.


# Date Topic Material
01 13/02/18 Introduction to the Course.
Introduction to Computer Security (slides 1-15).
CASE: “Mirai IoT botnet"
CASE: "Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It"
Introduction to the Course (pdf)
Introduction to Computer Security (pdf)
Reading assignment #1: The Internet Worm Incident (Eugene H. Spafford)
02 20/12/18 Security-related news (report and discussion).
Introduction to Computer Security (slides 15-end).
Overview: main concepts and terminology (slides 1-17).
Main Concepts and Terminology (pdf)
Reading assignment #2: The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable (Bruce Schneier)
03 09/01/19 CASE: "HTTP/HTTPS pharming attack. Description, example and discussion"
Security-related news (report and discussion).
Overview: main concepts and terminology (slides 18-27).
Discussion of the "Reading assignment #1".
04 10/01/19 Overview: main concepts and terminology
CASE: "WannaCry Ransomware Attack"
Discussion of the "Reading assignment #2".
Overview: main concepts and terminology (slides 28-end).

Required reading: Compiler (Wikipedia)
Reading assignment #3: Reflections on Trusting Trust (Ken Thompson)
05 14/01/19 (very) Basic cryptographic concepts.
Discussion of the "Reading assignment #3".
Basic cryptographic concepts (pdf)
06 17/01/19 Written exam (2 hours).

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