Data on the course

Show instruction and examinations
811168P Information Security, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 811168P  Validity 01.08.2010 -
Name Information Security  Abbreviation Information Sec 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Tero Päivärinta 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits/134 hours of work

Language of instruction 



Timing: 1st year, spring semester, period 4

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course, a student remembers the main features of the history of information security and is able to define essential security concepts. She/he recognises the different phases of security systems development, is able to evaluate their contents and can describe the fundamental characteristics of planning for security. The student is capable on a basic level of analysing the main scientific methods of information security (risk management, encryption, authentication, access control, etc.) and can explain the functioning of the most important security algorithms and protocols. She/he is able to solve small-scale problems in encryption and authentication and can use security software tools whose functioning principles he/she understands.


1.    History and basic structures;
2.    The need and concepts of information security;
3.    Risk management;
4.    Planning of security;
5.    Cryptography;
6.    Access control;
7.    Security protocols;
8.    Software security;
9.    Implementing information security;
10.    Information security maintenance.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 40h, exercises 30h, autonomous work about 64h

Target group 


Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Mastering the material presented in the courses “811120P Discrete Structures” and “811338A Internet and Computer Networks”.

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Lecture slides (about 250 slides), lecture notes (about 100 pages), textbook: M. Whitman and H. Mattord, H., Principles of Information Security  2nd ed., Thomson Course Technology, Boston, 2005. ISBN 0-619-21625-5

Assessment methods and criteria 

Lectures by final exam; mandatory exercises by self-contained work



Person responsible 

Mikko Siponen, Juha Kortelainen

Working life cooperation 



Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Information Security  Course  Tero Päivärinta  11.01.22 -22.02.22

Future examinations
No examinations in WebOodi