Foundations of Information Security
2012-2013 - IMT6021 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

Having completed the course, the student should have

  • the ability to derive and apply modelling techniques used for secure computer systems and reasoning about them
  • in-depth knowledge of selected access control mechanisms and their mathematical foundations as well as an in-depth understanding of identification and authentication mechanisms
  • obtained a solid understanding of security analysis and developmental assurance techniques and issues


  • Identification and authentication mechanisms including biometrics
  • Access control models and formalisms
  • Decidability results and limitations of access control and security models
  • Security models including the Bell-LaPadula, RBAC, and Chinese Wall models
  • Information-theoretic models of information flow and covert channels
  • Developmental assurance and evaluation criteria

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

  • Lectures
  • Term paper

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  Assessment consists of two parts, pass decision is on cumulative grade of both parts:
  - Part 1 is a written examination (3 hours), accounting for 33% of grade.

Candidates must achieve an 'A' or 'B' grade to gain the equivalent 'Pass' Grade.

   Internal and external examiners.

  - Part 2 is a term paper, accounting for 67% of grade.

   Term paper is evaluated by the lecturer.

Grading Scale


External/internal examiner

Evaluated by external and internal examiner.

Re-sit examination

A new term paper must be provided and the examination must be re-sat next autumn.

Examination support

Dictionary, simple calculator

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

The following textbooks are the primary references; further recommended reading is provided in the course syllabus.

  • M. Bishop: Computer Security: Art and Science. Addison-Wesley, 2003.
  • D. Gollmann: Computer Security, 2nd edition Wiley, 2006

Additional information

Capacity of the course is limited to 50 students unless explicitly arranged by lecturer.