TEK9520 – Cyber Security of Industrial Systems

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

The course gives you knowledge of "state-of-the-art" technology in sensor and mobile systems used in industrial communication; oil and gas, smart grids, industrial automation. Furthermore, the course is based on real-world challenges in the industry, such as protection against threats in sensor networks used in advanced metering infrastructure, and methods for protecting sensors and devices. The course will also touch on advanced security technologies for mobile communication systems, including 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 such as 2G, 3G and 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

Admission to the course

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.

Knowledge corresponding to IN2120 – Informasjonssikkerhet, TEK5500 – Security in distributed systems (discontinued) or UNIK4190 – Informasjonsteori og feilkontroll (discontinued).

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 3 hours of lectures per week throughout the semester.

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 approved before the final exam.


  • Oral final exam in the end of the semester, which counts for 60% in the grade assessment.
  • Two assignments or oral presentations counts for the remaining 40% in the grade assessment. These must be passed in order to sit the final exam.

In cases of a large number of candidates the final exam may be written instead.

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 approved before the final exam. 

It will also be counted as 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: TEK5520 – Cyber Security of Industrial Systems, UNIK4740 – Information Security in Industrial Sensor and Mobile Systems (continued), UNIK9740 – Information Security in Industrial Sensor and Mobile Systems (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Courses taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 29, 2022 11:18:57 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)