Introduction to cybersecurity

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course goal is to give an overview of the concepts of Data and Computer Security, with an emphasis on fundamental security properties, vulnerabilities, threats, and mechanisms for securing computer systems.




  • security properties, tools, and terminology
  • User Authentication, methods, and principles
  • Access Control, principles, and the role of access control


Computer Security: In particular, malicious software: types, propagation, together with technical, organisational, and behavioural countermeasures.

Network Security: in particular, the Internet, network-based attack, and an overview of countermeasures to network-based attacks.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student must have the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:



The student can

  • describe fundamental security principles and practices
  • describe threats to digital systems and their potential damage



The student can

  • identify possible threats to a digital system
  • identify countermeasures to these threats


General competence

The student can

  • participate in a conversation about security practices with other students

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Introduction to programming, for instance Python
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

INF140: 5 ECTS

DIGI112: 2,5 ECTS

Access to the Course
For admission, you need to be a student at the University of Bergen through UiB Videre
Teaching and learning methods

Lectures / 2 hours per week

Lectures / 8 weeks

Group sessions 2 hours per week

Group sessions 8 weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Mandatory assignment. Compulsory assignments are valid for 1 subsequent semesters
Forms of Assessment
The course has the following forms of assessment:
  • Digital written exam from home: 3 hours
Grading Scale
Assessment Semester
Examination only in the teaching semester. Candidates with valid absence from the exam are permitted for early exam the subsequent semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
Course Coordinator
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact