Critical Infrastructure Security
Study plans 2016-2017 - IMT4203 - 7.5 ECTS


Candidates should have read IMT4113 Introduction Cyber and Information Security.

Expected learning outcomes


  • Advanced knowledge of core concepts of critical information infrastructures and general critical infrastructure as well as their dependencies
  • Advanced understanding of infrastructure and infrastructure robustness models
  • Advanced knowledge of cyber-physical systems and control systems security


  • Ability to analyse threat modelling approaches and to assess their suitability for a given set of threat sources and agents
  • Ability to critically analyse existing theories and methods for the study of cyber-physical systems security and to independently apply such methods to related problems
  • Ability to carry out research in selected areas of infrastructure security and resilience under guidance and supervision
  • Ability to identify and critically analyse primary research literature on critical infrastructure security and to apply appropriate scientific reasoning

General competence

  • Ability to apply knowledge of concepts and methods of analysing security and resilience of infrastructures to new fields
  • Capability to discuss academic and professional topics in the field of modelling and securing selected critical infrastructures both with a specialist and general audience
  • Critical understanding of professional and ethical, including research ethics, issues in the field of critical infrastructure security


  • Critical Infrastructures and Information Infrastructures
  • Threat Actors and Agents in Critical Infrastructures
  • Infrastructure Modelling, Robustness, and Dependencies
  • Cyber-Physical Systems and their Security
  • Control Systems Security
  • Selected Aspects of Critical Telecommunications Infrastructure Security and Resilience
  • Selected Aspects of  Power Networks and Generation Infrastructure Security and Resilience
  • Selected Aspects of Oil and Gas Infrastructure Security and Resilience
  • Selected Aspects of  Transportation Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Teaching Methods

Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

Lectures, term paper, project work, and reflection.

The course will be made accessible to both campus and remote students, the latter on a best-effort basis. Lectures will be given on campus and recorded if possible with lecture notes and recordings made available via the online learning management system.

Candidates are expected to select a topic for a term paper and perform independent study on an active research area connected to the topics covered in the module. 

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 3 hours
Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

The written examination contributes 67% to the final result, and the term paper 33%.

Both term paper and examination must be passed to pass the course.

Grading Scale

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

External/internal examiner

Internal examiner; external examiner every fifth years, next time in 2020.

Re-sit examination

If the course is to be re-sat, both elements must be re-sat.

Re-sit examination in August for the written exam.

No re-sit in the same semester is possible, candidates must undertake both term paper and re-sit written examination.

Examination support

Dictionary only

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials


E.D. Knapp: Industrial Network Security . Elsevier (2011)

M. Newman: Networks . Oxford University Press (2010)

K. Stouffer, V. Pilliteri, S. Lightman, M. Abrams, A. Hahn: NIST SP800-82Rev2: Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security . U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (2015)

G. Sorelo, M. Echols: Smart Grid Security . CRC Press, 2012

Setola, Lopez, Wolthusen:Critical Infrastructure Protection: Information Infrastructure Models, Analysis, and Defence . Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 7130, Springer-Verlag (2012)