TEK9520 – Cyber Security of Industrial Systems

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Course content

The course focuses on giving you state-of-the-art knowledge about sensor- and mobile systems used in industrial communications (oil and gas, smart grid, automation). It is motivated by real-world challenges from industry, e.g. protection of sensor networks such as smart metering infrastructure against threats and methods for the protection of sensors and devices. The course will also touch on advanced security technologies for mobile communication systems, addressing amongst others security and privacy protection in near-field communications (NFC).

Learning outcome

After completion of the course, you will have achieved the following competence:

  • Understanding of how key information security concepts and principles are addressed in industrial communication networks that include sensors and mobile systems
  • Knowledge of relevant security standards in industrial networks, as well as mitigation techniques against security threats, intrusion detection and protection mechanisms, and security incidence monitoring and response methodologies
  • Adoption of security standards for selected industrial scenarios
  • Ability to discuss the applicability of security mechanisms in industrial networks
  • Be able to explain the security challenges in a system of systems, where various communication technologies such as wirelessHART, Zigbee, Mobile Communication Networks (2G, 3G & 4G), WiMAX, WLAN/WiFi are used to communicate sensors and actuators at field level
  • Analyzing skills in security incidences and possible mitigation techniques based on selected industrial areas such as smart grids, including industrial control systems


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge corresponding to UNIK3510, UNIK4250 – Security in distributed systems (continued) eller UNIK4190 – Informasjonsteori og feilkontroll (discontinued)


3 hours lecture per week. Student presentations. Compulsory written assignments which have to be approved before you can enter the final examination, and which will make up a part of your final grade.


PhD candidates will be required to submit an essay and/or give a presentation to the rest of the group on a curriculum-related topic. The essay/presentation must be passed before the final exam.


The final grade is based on 2 assignments (together 40%) and a final examination (60%). The assignments are mandatory and must be approved in order to take the final examination. The final exam will be oral, but in cases of a large number of candidates the final exam may be a written exam.

PhD candidates will be required to submit an essay and/or give a presentation to the rest of the group on a curriculum-related topic. The essay/presentation must be passed before the final exam. Final oral examination (may be written if many students).

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Exam attempts in this course is counted together with UNIK9740 – Information Security in Industrial Sensor and Mobile Systems (continued).

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)