Computer Security, 4 credits (TSIT01)

Datasäkerhetsmetoder, 4 hp

Main field of study

Information Technology Computer Science and Engineering Computer Science


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Jan-Åke Larsson

Director of studies or equivalent

Klas Nordberg
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6IDAT Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering (Software Engineering) 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping o
6IDAT Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering (Embedded Systems) 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping o
6KIPR Programming 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping v

Main field of study

Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Computer Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering
  • Programming

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Basic knowledge about computers, operating systems and computer communications.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to understand and apply the basic goals of computer security. This is shown through an analysis of a situation from a computer security point of view, including recommendations of correct measures and tools to achieve security, and an evaluation of these recommendations concerning there suitability for given goals and resources in the analysed situation. Specific knowledge is required concerning principles for user authentication, tools for network security and cryptography as a security tool.

Course content

Structure and terminology of computer security. User authentication. Access control. Cryptography as a computer security tool. Tools and protocols for networks and distributed systems.

Teaching and working methods

The course contains lectures, seminars and computer laboratory assignments.


PRA1Written Analysis of a Basic SituationU, 3, 4, 53 credits
LAB1Laboratory WorkU, G1 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Institutionen för systemteknik

Director of Studies or equivalent

Klas Nordberg


Jan-Åke Larsson

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 26 h
Recommended self-study hours: 81 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Ross Anderson, (2008) Security Engineering 2nd ed, Wiley

Additional literature


Ross Anderson, (2008) Security Engineering 2nd ed, Wiley
PRA1 Written Analysis of a Basic Situation U, 3, 4, 5 3 credits
LAB1 Laboratory Work U, G 1 credits

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LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at 

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