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Subject: CYBER-PHYSICAL SECURITY (A.A. 2024/2025)


Course year 3
Teaching units Unit Cyber-physical security
Computer Engineering (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: ING-INF/05 CFU: 6
Exam type written
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Students will learn the security issues related to heterogeneous cyber-physical systems, including Intelligent Transport Systems, the automotive domain, connected medical devices, energy generation and transport, connected production plants, Industry 4.0 end IoT devices.
Students will also learn how to design secure cyber-physical systems and how to secure existing cyber-physical systems.

Admission requirements

The teaching does not require a-priori knowledge. However, it is recommended good knowledge of operating systems, at least one programming language (preferably C) and of the TCP/IP networking stack

Course contents

- Cyber-physical systems: definitions, examples, and analysis of historic cyber-attacks (1 CFU)
- cyber-attacks: high-privilege execution, local injection, global injection, and their application on cyber-physical systems (2 CFU)
- cyber-security: architectures, secure protocols, and their application for designing secure cyber-physical systems (2 CFU)
- case study: the automotive cyber-physical systems. Attacks and defences on the automotive system (1 CFU)

Teaching methods

Lecturers are organized in lessons on a weekly basis. Every lesson focuses on a particular argument and includes a practical session.

Assessment methods

Oral exam composed of three questions: one in-or-our question (10/20) and the other two (20/30 total) focused to understand the knowledge of the students

Learning outcomes

knowledge of modern cyber-physical systems
knowledge of the security vulnerabilities of modern cyber-physical systems
ability to design secure cyber-physical systems
ability to secure existing cyber-physical systems


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