Lecture MINF4221: IT Security
Course No. 1573
Prof. Dr. Rolf Oppliger
eSECURITY Technologies Rolf Oppliger
CH-3074 Muri b. Bern, Switzerland
Phone +41 79 654 84 37
Urgent Announcements: Classroom teaching is suspended from March 16, 2020, onwards, and - as a replacement - distance teaching is put in place. This means the following things:
- The on-site lectures won't take place any more.
- Instead, an audio track has been added to the PowerPoint presentation, and respective MP4
video files (that include the slides and the audio track) are available on the lecture's
website and Microsoft Teams
(MINF4221: IT Security) .
- The final exam will take place June 15, 2020, between 10 am and 11 am. The exam instructions are available
here. A mock exam
will take place on May 18, 2020. Participation in the test run is obligatory.
- In case you feel unable to pass the exam under these extraordinary circumstances, you are
offered an additional possibility to withdraw from the lecture. You may contact the Dean's office
to get more (and more accurate) information about this possibility.
- If have any questions, then you can contact me either with e-mail or phone (see above) whenever it
is convenient to you.
Hint : The information provided here complements the official course catalogue
Dates : The lecture is scheduled to take place fortnightly (with a few adjustments) on the following Mondays between 8:15 am and 12:00 am:
Location: BIN-2.A.01, Binzmühlestrasse 14, Zürich Nord
- February 17, 2020
- March 2, 2020
- March 16, 2020 (will not take place)
- March 30, 2020 (will not take place)
- April 20, 2020 (a Q&A session will take place in Teams starting at 10 am)
- May 4, 2020 (will not take place)
- May 18, 2020 (a mock exam and Q&A session will take place in Teams starting at 10 am - participation in the mock exam is obligatory)
Registration: Registration is possible from January 14 until March 13, 2020.
Mailing list: Attendees may register for the mailing list by sending a message to
Final exam: The final exam will take place on June 15, 2020, between 10 am and 11 am.
- Computer security
- Communication security
- Operational environments and applications
- Privacy and data protection
- Conclusions and outlook
Instead of execises, students are required to self-study cryprography based on a text that is available
here. The text refers to
draft chapters 1 and 2 of the 3rd edition of a book entitled "Contemporary Cryptography" that is scheduled
to be published in 2021. Questions are highly appreciated and can be asked at any time during the lecture.
The lecture slides are available
here (last revised on February 23, 2020).
Video files (slides with audio track):
The video files are also available in Microsoft Teams (MINF4221: IT Security).
© 2020 Rolf Oppliger