Foundations of Information Security
2011-2012 - IMT6021 - 5sp

Forventet læringsutbytte

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

Emnets temaer

  • 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

Pedagogiske metoder


Pedagogiske metoder (fritekst)

  • Lectures
  • Term paper




Term paper. Ph.D. students must pass the written examination with at least an A or B grade, but will be evaluated mainly on the term paper, which is assessed to different, more stringent criteria than the M.Sc. version.

  • Written exam (alternatively oral exam): 33%
  • Term paper: 67%
  • Ph.D. students must pass both parts and pass with A or B on the written exam.


Bestått/Ikke bestått


Evaluated by external and internal examiner.

Utsatt eksamen (tidl. kontinuasjon)

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

Tillatte hjelpemidler (gjelder kun skriftlig eksamen)

Dictionary, simple calculator

Obligatoriske arbeidskrav



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

Supplerende opplysninger

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