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AY 2017-2018: 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.


Schedule:

# Date Topic Material
01 24/01/18 Introduction to the Course.
Introduction to Computer Security (slides 1-9).
CASE: "Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities"
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 31/01/18 Security-related news (report and discussion).
Introduction to Computer Security (slides 10-end).
Overview: main concepts and terminology (slides 1-13).
Discussion of the "Reading assignment #1".
CASE: "WannaCry Ransomware Attack"
Main Concepts and Terminology (pdf)
Reading assignment #2: The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable (Bruce Schneier)
03 07/02/18 Security-related news (report and discussion).
Overview: main concepts and terminology (slides 14-34).
Discussion of the "Reading assignment #2".
CASE: "HTTP/HTTPS pharming attack. Description, example and discussion"
Required reading: Compiler (Wikipedia)
Reading assignment #3: Reflections on Trusting Trust (Ken Thompson)
04 15/02/18 Security-related news (report and discussion).
Overview: main concepts and terminology (slides 35-end).
(very) Basic cryptographic concepts (slides 1-18).
Discussion of the "Reading assignment #3".
CASE: "FBI vs. Apple"
Basic cryptographic concepts (pdf)
Reading assignment #4: How a Tiny Startup Became the Most Important Hacking Shop You’ve Never Heard Of (Joseph Coxand and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai)
05 21/02/18 Security-related news (report and discussion).
(very) Basic cryptographic concepts (slides 19-end).
User authentication.
Discussion of the "Reading assignment #4".
CASE: "John the Ripper (password cracker)"
CASE: "Security of mobile devices"
User authentication (pdf)
06 15/03/18 Written exam (2 hours).






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