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COMP5617: Empirical Security Analysis and Engineering

This unit will present the lessons from recent research and from case studies of practice to bring students the skills to assess and improve the security of deployed systems. A particular focus is on data-driven approaches to collect operational data about a systems security. We explore deployment issues at local and global scale, e. g. for X. 509, DNS, and BGP, and also take human factors explicitly into account. As a result, students will learn to put building blocks of security together in a sound way, to arrive at engineering solutions that are empirically verifiable, functional, and secure against realistic threats. As Dan Geer once famously said: Any security technology whose effectiveness cant be empirically determined is indistinguishable from blind luck.

Code COMP5617
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
INFO3616 or ELEC5616 or CSEC3616 or CSEC5616

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the balance between risk, achieved security, and cost; experience with threat modelling and risk analysis as tools to choose this balance for a given system
  • LO2. Understand common security terminology in security literature
  • LO3. Understand different ways in which security of computer systems can be compromised, e.g. physically, remotely, operationally (esp. social engineering); and relate specific attack scenarios to the major security goals such as authentication, integrity, secrecy, non-repudiation
  • LO4. Understand the major challenges for security of programs, information, computers and networks, and ability to avoid most egregious (typical) flaws in designing and operating IT systems
  • LO5. Demonstrate a high-level knowledge of common approaches to achieve security goals in computer systems, including the main security protocols in the Internet stack
  • LO6. demonstrate knowledge of privacy-preserving technologies
  • LO7. Produce written reports that evaluate a system's security
  • LO8. Research information on security issues from the literature, and analyse a security incident use case

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.