Information Society and Security
- IMT4481 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The students shall primarily understand the evolution that has taken place within ICT during the last ten years that has led us toward a vulnerable society, and what vulnerability means in such a broad context. The students shall get sufficient insight to identify, evaluate and implement countermeasures that can protect businesses and organisations.
This includes knowledge of the following items:
how ICT systems are designed and are used in industrial production, in public and private service provision, and in the infrastructure of the society
why ICT systems and administrative infrastructures can be described as scale-free networks and which consequences scale-freeness has on vulnerability and robustness
classical reliability theory, including the reliability of software and networks.


Introduction to the concept of risk as it is used in technology, insurance and finance.
Causes of increased risk: overoptimistic belief in market growth, numerical illiteracy, insufficient knowledge of statistics and probability calculus, and the theories of Kahneman and Tversky (anchoring and prospect theory).
Design and operations of distributed ICT systems, including telecommunications technology and distributed processing.
Classic reliability theory for hardware and software.
The theory of random graphs (networks) and their properties with particular emphasis on scale-free graphs. The main concepts of combinatorial complexity and computability are introduced.
Scale-free networks of the society (technical, administrative and social) and their impact on the vulnerability of the society are identified.

Teaching Methods


Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 3 hours

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

Coursework Requirements