UNIK4750 – Measurable Security for the Internet of Things

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Course content

The course provides a methodology for measurable security, privacy, and dependability of industrial systems. Based on e.g. a smart grid example we will establish and develop the methodology to perform a multi-metrics analysis from components to sub-systems to systems. The course will allow you to compare security-related application goals with the results from the system analysis.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will be able to:

  • Describe application-driven security and establish challenges of sensor-driven systems
  • Provide industrial examples, e.g. Smart Grid and automatic meter readings
  • Establish application-driven security goals as well as the semantics of your system
  • Generate matrices to describe the security impact of components and sub-systems, and perform a multi-metrics analysis to establish the system security
  • Analyze application goal versus system security and suggest improvements


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course is built on basic knowledge of information security


The course has full-day lectures/exercises roughly every other week (on average three hours lectures/exercises each week). The lectures will be held at ITS, Kjeller, with video conferencing to UiO and other locations for remote teaching.

There are assignments throughout the semester, which will be part of a portfolio assessment that counts towards your final grade.


The final grade is based on a portfolio assessment (40%) and an oral exam at the end of the semester (60%). In the case of many students, the final exam may be held as a written exam; this will be decided early in the semester.

Examination support material

You are allowed the presentations used in the lectures, scientific papers and case studies as well as your own portfolio for the exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. 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.

Special examination arrangements

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