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Security Lab

Exchange programme

Are you a designer or a techie? Do you want to become a security analyst? We will teach you how to test a system for vulnerabilities.

Security plays an increasingly important role in today’s society as our world grows more and more interconnected. Almost every day we read about a security incident in the news. To gain assurance of the security of things like self-driving cars and internet banking, it is essential that such systems be adequately evaluated. Building on your creative capacity or technical background, we challenge you to become a security analyst. You will learn the security mindset in an interdisciplinary setting.

Designers

As a designer you will investigate how we might make the Internet of Things more privacy friendly. You’ll do so through concept development and scenario building, intertwined with design reviews. Also, by investigating the usability of secure communication platforms, you’ll be helping people in oppressive regimes communicate more securely. Finally, you will run a field study on how and why users click on malicious emails, as user awareness is vital in preventing many types of attacks.

Techies

Techies taking part in the minor will look at how to solve the problem of keeping Internet of Things devices up to date, looking at safety-critical devices like smart insulin pumps. An update platform is implemented and tested through adversarial review. Besides this, you will perform a collaborative code review of open source software that keeps the Internet running. To train your consulting skills, you will also participate in a challenge in which you evaluate the security of the network of CERN.

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme structure

How the programme is structured
Programme

The minor starts with four weeks of fundamental theory, followed by three five-week projects. On theory days, concepts are discussed in the morning through demos, cases, and exercises, and toy systems are evaluated in the afternoon. The projects for the human track / technical track are:

  • design a private platform for intimate devices / program a secure way to update insulin pumps
  • test the usability of encrypted email and chat / perform a code audit of open source software
  • run a phishing campaign to raise user awareness / execute a web application penetration test

As a security analyst, after successful completion of the minor, a student can independently:

  • spot common errors in cryptography, computer security, network security, and human factors
  • formulate and execute appropriate evaluation strategies, and responsibly disclose their findings
  • apply red teaming, laboratory testing, and field study research methods in security contexts

Exchange students who need to be back at their home university before January can complete the last project remotely.

Locations

Where will you study?

RDM Campus

RDM-kade 59 3089 JR Rotterdam

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