Information Security and Cryptography —
Fundamentals and Applications

Lecturers: David Basin and Ueli Maurer

 

This seminar provides an in-depth coverage of Information Security and Cryptography from both a conceptual and application-oriented viewpoint. At the same time, the mathematical, algorithmic, protocol-specific, and system-oriented aspects are explained in a way understandable to a wide audience. This includes the foundations needed to understand the different approaches, a critical look at the state-of-the-art, and a perspective on future security technologies.

The material is presented at three different levels. At the highest level, the basic concepts are presented in detail, but abstractly (e.g., as black boxes), without mathematics. No background is required to follow at this level. At an intermediate level, the most important concrete schemes, models, algorithms, and protocols are presented as well as their applications. Here some minimal mathematical and systems background is assumed. At the deepest level, which is not required to understand the higher levels, different special topics, requiring some mathematical background, are discussed.

 

Information Security: An Overview

 

Cryptography: Basic Concepts and Terminology

 

Cryptography Foundations

 

System and Network Security

 

PKI and Key Management

 

Nonrepudiation and Digital Evidence

 

Authentication, Authorization, and Access Control

 

Privacy and Usage Control

 

Security Engineering and Web-Application Security  

 

Advanced Topics in Cryptography

 

 

Seminar's format

The sessions are interactive, with the possibility to decide, on demand, which topics should be treated in more depth. There are coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon. The lecturers will also be available for discussions on all related topics. The lectures and all course material are in English.