Security plays an increasingly important role in today’s society as our world grows more and more interconnected. Almost every day we read about a security incident in the news. To gain assurance of the security of things like self-driving cars and internet banking, it is essential that such systems be adequately evaluated. Building on your creative capacity or technical background, we challenge you to become a security analyst. You will learn the security mindset in an interdisciplinary setting.
As a designer you will investigate how we might make the Internet of Things more privacy friendly. You’ll do so through concept development and scenario building, intertwined with design reviews. Also, by investigating the usability of secure communication platforms, you’ll be helping people in oppressive regimes communicate more securely. Finally, you will run a field study on how and why users click on malicious emails, as user awareness is vital in preventing many types of attacks.
Techies taking part in the minor will look at how to solve the problem of keeping Internet of Things devices up to date, looking at safety-critical devices like smart insulin pumps. An update platform is implemented and tested through adversarial review. Besides this, you will perform a collaborative code review of open source software that keeps the Internet running. To train your consulting skills, you will also participate in a challenge in which you evaluate the security of the network of CERN.
The minor starts with four weeks of fundamental theory, followed by three five-week projects. On theory days, concepts are discussed in the morning through demos, cases, and exercises, and toy systems are evaluated in the afternoon. The projects for the human track / technical track are:
As a security analyst, after successful completion of the minor, a student can independently:
Exchange students who need to be back at their home university before January can complete the last project remotely.