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Module

CSC8207 : Security Analysis of Complex Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Charles Morisset
  • Lecturer: Professor Aad van Moorsel, Dr Kovila Coopamootoo, Dr John Mace, Dr John Mace
  • Other Staff: Professor Roy Maxion
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

Complex systems, such as industrial control systems or electronic voting systems, include social, cyber and physical aspects, which can all be exploited by attackers. Users are often wrongly portrayed as “the weakest link”, when the problem lies in the lack of a usable and secure system. The security analysis of a complex system therefore requires a holistic approach, leveraging a range of techniques.
The aim of this module is to study techniques required for complex systems, using concrete case studies as well as exploring possible future attacks. The module covers, through the study of research papers and technical reports, attacks against complex systems, as well as techniques to detect, respond to and prevent such attacks.
The complex systems studied during the module will reflect current research and technical challenges, for example: industrial control systems and cyber-physical infrastructure, social engineering techniques, human aspects of security, forensics analysis, or machine learning based intrusion and misuse detection.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Security of complex systems (e.g., industrial control systems, smart grids)
- Sophisticated attack mechanisms (e.g., adversarial machine learning)
- Usable Security and Privacy
- Social Engineering Techniques

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable