Welcome to Foundations in Security


With the growing dependence on and use of IT in society, security continues to be a primary concern for both developers and users. Students will become acquainted with a number of foundational research issues in IT security, including both state-of-the-art as well as more fundamental theories and concepts.

  Main focus will be on the following topics:

  (*) Monitoring and analysis of network traffic for detection of malicious activities

  (*) Formal modelling and analysis of security protocols

  (*) Cryptographic secret sharing

  (*) Access control models

  (*) Information flow security


  Upon completion of this course the student will:

  (*) know and be able to correctly apply the relevant general terminology used within the security community

  (*) know the fundamental theories and structures within the topics covered in the course

  (*) be able to perform simple, high-level security analysis, based on the CIA model, for a small system

  (*) be able to model simple systems and analyse relevant security properties (that are covered in the course) of the model

  (*) be able to find relevant and further study advanced literature within the IT-security field and apply it to his/her own research


Each course session will last approximately half a day (4-5 hours) and is generally composed of a lecture followed by discussion and, possibly, one or two student presentations. Some course sessions may also include additional course work, e.g., theoretical exercises or literature search.

In between course sessions, the students are expected to actively follow and research IT-security related news and be prepared to discuss current events within that community.

In order to pass the course, the student must participate actively in the discussions and make a short presentation on a topic chosen in collaboration with the course organiser.

Organizer: Associate Professor Rene Rydhof Hansen, e-mail: rrh@cs.aau.dk
Lecturers: Associate Professor Jens Myrup Pedersen, Assistant Professor Mads Chr. Olesen, Associate Professor Hans Hüttel, Associate Professor Rene Rydhof Hansen, Associate Professor Olav Geil

ECTS: 2.0

Time: September 7, 14, 21, 28 and one or two sessions in October 2016

Place: Aalborg University

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Number of seats: 10-12

Deadline: August 17, 2016

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.