90905 - WORKSHOP 1 (WS2)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

Workshops are designed to provide students with transversal skills that can prove useful in their future careers. The objective of the workshop is to help students to practice skills through application of information technology, data analysis, decision-making techniques (e.g. simulation) in complex organizations.

Course contents

The goal of this course is to provide the basic knowledge concerning the main concepts and principles of computer and network security (e.g. risk, risk assessment and evaluation, attacks and their typical structure, resources, functional systems requirements, human component). In this way, the course will provide the basic tools to understand the effects of computer network attacks run by nation state (or state-sponsored groups) that aim to gain unauthorized access to computer networks (i.e. Advanced Persistent Threats). During this process, either methodological, technological and behavioral (i.e. operation security) aspects will be considered mainly using a case-study approach.


Teaching materials:

  • slides (available on  Virtuale);
  • additional resources (i.e. selected scientific papers and technical articles);
  • course book (suggested but not mandatory).

The course book is: Computer Security: Principles and Practice, 4/E William Stallings, Lawrie Brown. Global Edition. ISBN-10: 1292220619. ISBN-13: 978-1292220611

The detailed knowledge of the previously listed teaching material ("slides" and "additional resources") is mandatory for a positive outcome of the examination.

Teaching methods

Lessons (20 hours).

The lesson are used for both teaching (with slides projected during the lessons) and to promote the class discussion on some selected topics. The class discussion is of main importance to foster a "critical thinking" approach among the students.

In specific lessons (scheduled in advance and reported in the course website) a part of the lesson is reserved for the discussion of the scientific papers and technical articles that have been assigned in the previous lessons.

Assessment methods

The final examination has the goal to check if the student has an adequate knowledge of the main course topics.

The final exam consists of a 60-minutes written test composed of a set of multiple choice questions; no books, notes or electronic devices can be accessed during the test. The final exam is made of questions that cover all the teaching material.

To attend the exam, each student must sign up via AlmaEsami within a deadline. Those who cannot sign up must immediately communicate the problem to the teaching secretariat (and the teacher). Deciding whether to allow them to attend the exam or not is up to the teacher.

Teaching tools

The slides and all the additional resources used during the lessons are available on  Virtuale.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Gabriele D'Angelo