The digital economy increasingly builds upon the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT connects physical objects such as buildings, vehicles, production facilities and wind turbines with the Internet enabling them to collect and exchange an increasing amount of data. With Internet connectivity and data collection built into all physical objects, cyber risks are not further restricted to the cyberspace. They threaten the functioning of society’s critical services such as food, energy and water supply and endanger human privacy.
As Marc Elsberg has contemplated in his novel “Blackout”, cyberterrorist attacks on the smart electricity grid may trigger a power breakdown of nearly global reach. Global corporate and government networks compromised by advanced persistent threats (APTs) cannot only threaten the digital economy but additionally enable attackers to destroy industry facilities and public infrastructure on a mouse-click. The possibility of effective and universal cyberwarfare has become an alarming reality. Personal health data aggregated from different smart health devices may have the potential to expose a meaningful health status of patients to employers, and the government infringing their privacy.
This research-guided course approaches how IoT-connected cyberphysical systems can be designed to be resilient against these cyber risks by rigorously following a Security and Privacy by Design process. Risks and mitigating controls specific to essential services for different critical industry sectors in the digitally enabled economy such as energy, transport, banking, financial market infrastructure, health, drinking water supply and telecommunication are elucidated.
Standard FS (=”Forschungsseminar”) attendance policy applies. See below for mandatory attendance policy in the first unit.
The seminar is taught in an interactive manner and is guided by current research results. Students are expected to work in teams and at their own discrétion.
Grading involves at least 3 independent components, including:
- 45% Student seminar lecture and accompanying written materials (seminar work)
- 35% Mini-test
- 20% Active participation in lectures and in-class exercises
87.5% - 100% = Excellent ("Sehr gut" )
75% - 87.49% = Good ("Gut")
62.5% - 74.99% = Satisfactory ("Befriedigend")
50% - 62.49% = Sufficient ("Genügend" )
Below 50% = Fail ("Nicht Genügend")
Gilchrist, A. (2017). IoT Security Issues. Boston: De Gruyter.
The textbook is a mandatory reading for all students and available in the university library.
Successful completion of course 1 (“Basics of ICT” / “Grundzüge der IKT”) of the SBWL Business Information Systems.
It is strongly recommended to also have completed course 2 to 4 of the SBWL before commencing with this course.
If you hold a valid registration for the course but are unable to participate, please deregister during the open registration period in LPIS. Your spot can be granted to other fellow students.
Spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis during the registration period.
After completion of the registration period, available spots will be allocated to students on the waiting list who have no valid registration for the relevant curricula's point. Students will be ranked by their study progress as determined by the vice rectorat for teaching ("hardship principle"), not by their rank on the waiting list.
Important Note: The participation in the first unit is mandatory; students who fail to come forfeit their place to students on the waiting list (in the sequence of the waiting list). Students can excuse themselves if the reason for missing the first unit is serious and will concern only the first unit.