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Critical Infrastructure Protection 7.5 credits

Säkerhet i infrastruktur
Second cycle, A7007E
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Systems Science
Subject group (SCB)
Informatics/Computer and Systems Sciences
Main field of study
Information Security

Entry requirements

The course assumes basic knowledge of Computer Science or Systems Science, 60 ECTS: D0004N Database Systems I, D0005N Database Systems II, D0006N Object oriented Analysis and Design, D0007N Object oriented programming, D0019N Software Development with Java, D0020N Information Systems Development, I0005N IT-Design and Systems Thinking, D0006N Design of IT or equal courses. Documented skills in English language.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to develop knowledge and an attitude that contribute to understanding and implementing the fundamental principles of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).  After the course the student will be able to:

1.     Evaluate and reflect on the contextual requirements of critical infrastructure protection and explore different
        models specifically tailored to critical systems.

2.     Reflect on some theoretical and methodological approaches for critical infrastructure.

3.     Analyze and design secure critical infrastructure according to security approaches.

4.     Manage risk processes and system reliability in the critical infrastructures.


Critical infrastructure means the computers, computer systems, and/or networks, whether physical or virtual, and/or the computer programs, computer data, content data and/or traffic data so vital to a country that the incapacity or destruction of or interference with such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national or economic security, national public health and safety, or any combination of such matters. The systems and networks that make up the infrastructure of society are highly interconnected and are interdependent to such a degree that a disruption to just one of those systems can be catastrophic.

The disruption or loss of critical infrastructures may result in serious consequences for the functioning of the organisations and, in the most unfortunate cases, loss of critical information. Therefore, the security, reliability and resilience of these infrastructures are critical for society as a whole. This course will provide a general overview of different aspects of critical infrastructure protection in order to enable students to understand the fundamental principles of this field. The course is designed to provide theoretical underpinnings as well as practical knowledge in the field of CIP, which will help to contribute knowledge to student’s existing theoretical and practical skills and experiences. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
During the course, students will work on individual tasks and group tasks. For group work, students will collaborate with each other using a variety of collaboration tools. Students will need to analyse critical infrastructures and identify potential security risks. Lectures and course material will cover the fundamental concepts, theories, methodologies, importance, function and scope of critical infrastructure protection.

Teaching is in English and on Internet for distance students or at campus for the students living here. IT support: Learning management system (Canvas), e-mail and phone.

Canvas Learning Management System is used for delivering course material, information and submissions. Knowledge is shared and created within the course through virtual meetings with teachers and other students for discussions, supervision, teamwork and seminars. For student on campus there will be meetings on campus.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is examined as follows:

  • Individual tasks and group tasks relating to the course aims 3-4, 6hp (U, G, VG)
  • Individual written exam relating to the course aims 1-2, 1.5hp (U, G, VG)

In order for a student to get VG in the whole course, a VG grade must be accomplished in the individual tasks and group tasks and in the individual written exam.

For the G grade, a student should achieve the grade G in the individual tasks and group tasks, as well as in the individual written exam.

All included examination parts must be completed for the final grade on the course.

Grades are given according to the scale: U, G, VG.


Technical requirements:  Access to PC, microphone, webcam, a permission to install software, and Internet connection of minimum 0,5 Mbps.

Transition terms
This course replaces A0002N, which is equal to IED418

Ali Ismail Awad

Literature. Valid from Spring 2017 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
• Title: Industrial Network Security: Securing Critical Infrastructure Networks for Smart Grid, SCADA, and Other Industrial Control Systems
• Authors: Eric D. Knapp and Joel Langill
• Paperback: 480 pages
• Publisher: Syngress Media, U.S.; 2nd Revised edition (17 Dec 2014)
• ISBN-10: 0124201148
• ISBN-13: 978-0124201149

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0005Individual tasks and group tasksU G VG *6.00MandatoryS19
0007Written examU G VG *1.50MandatoryS20

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Jonny Johansson, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering 11 Jun 2014

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Jun 2021