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Design for Security

Capability in the design of systems that meet security goals is an increasingly important skill. This course explores how cost-effective solutions to security needs can be achieved by following well-established architectural practices and detailed security principles. Central to these considerations is meeting the requirements with established solutions, and striking a balance between security and other system requirements.

Course dates

17th November 2014Oxford University Department of Computer Science05 places remaining.
16th February 2015Oxford University Department of Computer Science02 places remaining.
16th May 2016Oxford University Department of Computer Science15 places remaining.

Objectives

At the end of the course, students will

  • know the strengths and weaknesses of different security design techniques
  • be able to specify a security solution to fulfill specific design requirements

Contents

Managing Security
Enterprise business strategies; Promoting security; Information security policy;
Security Requirements
Motivation for security requirements; Security requirements artefacts; Specifying security requirements;
Security Design Process
Business continuity; Principles of security design; AEGIS design methodology;
Security Architectures
Security design patterns; Platform and channel security components; Enterprise security architectures;
Designing Access Control
Security and access control; Access control policy; Security policy models;
Designing Secure Systems
Security standards; Security decision-making; Design principles; Architecture principles; Security vs other architectural goals.

Requirements

This course assumes a level of familiarity with basic security concepts and mechanisms. Security Principles would be an ideal preparation.