The intertwinement of telecommunications, mobile communications and data networks is turning IT security into an explosive topic and a key risk factor in today's businesses. Services such as e-commerce, e-government or digital media and their copyright protection severely stress data, network and transmission security. In the Master's degree program you will be specializing in aspects of technical security and the "human risk factor"
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Application period for academic year 2023/24
19th September 2022 to 15th July 2023
2tuition fee / semester:
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1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)
Data protection and system security are your top priority. You have the ability to identify potentially weak points in systems and networks. This motivates you to find suitable measures to prevent manipulation and to block unauthorized access. New technologies arouse your interest - yet always with guaranteed security standards in mind. Your are familiar with encryption methods and you would like, in your Master's degree program, to delve deeper into cryptography as a field for research and application.
IT security is a highly agile field. Attacks on servers and networks are getting increasingly sophisticated. Our state-of-the-art network laboratory where you may refine your strategies for preventing unauthorized access and develop measures and scenarios for protection is at your disposal. You will have the opportunity of participating in research and development (R&D) projects, engaging in active exchange between science and practice at the university. The degree program also includes an own "IT security competence team", working in close cooperation with companies. The research focuses on the transmission of data, safe from manipulation or eavesdropping.
The number of mobile end devices will continue to increase and thereby also the demands made on data security for these tiny devices with their weak computing power. Sensor nodes which, albeit very versatile, are also small and have limited computing capacity and very little storage space are another example. Contrasting with these, we have the Cloud with its seemingly infinite computing and storage resources. The IT Security Master's degree program addresses both these developments in its research program.The course experts implement, evaluate and compare a diversity of cryptographic algorithms in the affiliated Competence Center for IT Security.The goal is to establish easily realizable secure data encryption options in practice. Findings are directly incorporated into the degree program to assuring you, the Master's student, of a decisive advantage of knowledge. The specialist know-how of our lecturers is also in high demand internationally. Experts of the IT Security Competence Center are often asked to participate as speakers at international conferences on data security and data protection. Papers published by the IT experts often receive awards such as the FH Best Paper Award, repeatedly awarded to FH Campus Wien.
The Master's degree program will impart to you the know-how enabling you to make overall system security assessments. To achieve this goal, you will combine your technical knowledge of information technology, data systems and communication networks with the focus on IT security. You will also acquire skills in personal development and business administration.
Lector: Univ.-Prof. (FH) Dr. Dr. Gerald Quirchmayr
Lector: Silvia Schmidt, BSc MSc
Lector: DI (FH) Peter Krebs
* Dependability and Fault Tolerance * Distributed Agreement * Group Communication and Membership * Consistency and Replication
Lecture: written exam, Distance Learning: Students' project in small groups
Lecture Practical work in small groups
Lector: FH-Prof. Dipl.-Inform. Dipl.-Wirt.Inform. Matthias Peter Hudler, FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Koschuch, Bakk. tech., Prof. Dr. Peter Lory
In this lecture basic principles of cryptography such as symmetric and asymmetric encryption as well as data security will be discussed. The main topics are for example the process of encryption and decryption of data, digital signatures, general cryptographic protocols and the practical field of operation of these mechanisms. Current approaches like elliptic curves are also dealt with. In addition to the related key management aspects like the comprehensive security infrastructure will be addressed. Tangible examples of use are shown for illustration and for getting familiar with the functionality.
Final written exam
Presentation with slides and video projector, additional explanations on the whiteboard
Lector: FH-Prof. Dipl.-Inform. Dipl.-Wirt.Inform. Matthias Peter Hudler, FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Koschuch, Bakk. tech.
In this lecture basic principles of cryptography such as symmetric and asymmetric encryption as well as data security will be discussed. The main topics are for example the process of encryption and decryption of data, digital signatures, general cryptographic protocols and the practical field of operation of these mechanisms. Current approaches like elliptic curves are also dealt with. In addition to the related key management aspects like the comprehensive security infrastructure will be addressed. Tangible examples of use are shown for illustration and for getting familiar with the functionality. In the tutorial the students have the possibility to practise the formerly presented approaches, getting more familiar with them. Approaches of possible cryptanalysis will also be discussed.
Presentation, discussion and solving problems
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Franz Gober, MBA
Lector: FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Koschuch, Bakk. tech.
The course gives a broad view across the possibilites of cryptographic methods in a typical workday, especially those of a SysAdmin. For alll topics, the theoretic background is presented alongside the practical usage implications. The covered topics are: * Hard disk encryption * Passwords * SSH & Network tunneling * E-mail security * Public Key Infrastructure
Exercices and a final exam
Theoretical lectures and individual tasks for all subjects
Lector: FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Koschuch, Bakk. tech., Nenad Milanovic, MSc
- Overview of Threats - Firewalls (stateless/stateful) - Intrusion Detection and Prevention - IPsec-based VPNs - Overview over SSL and TLS and other VPN-Technologien (L2TP, PPTP, MPLS) - Advanced Persistent Thretas - Expert Talks
Written final Exam
Lecture with slides, whiteboard and external expert speeches Lab Exercises
Lector: DI Thomas Konrad, Silvia Schmidt, BSc MSc
Lector: Tobias Buchberger, BSc MSc, DI (FH) Peter Krebs
- Basics of wireless network communication - Security aspects of wireless networks - Concrete wireless technologies and their security mechanisms - WLAN (IEEE 802.11) - Bluetooth - IEEE 802.15.4/6LoWPAN/ZigBee - Near Field Communication - Cellular Networks
Written final exam
This lecture gives an overview of many different cryptographic protocols, possible usage scenarios and their peculiarities. The students implement selected protocols from a given domain, compare them to each other and present the results. The main topics are - Public-Key Schemes - Key-Agreement/Key-Establishment - Challenge Response Schemes/Authentication - Signature Schemes
Every presentation is a partial examination, there is no written final exam
Implementations and presentations by the students
Lector: Mag. Georg Conrad-Billroth, MSc (CS)
Business and ethics consists of: Introduction and basic principles legal structure of companies and business organization The enterprise and its environment Ethics in business Human resources management Marketing & sales & ethics Procurement and logistics Production Accounting and finance
continuous assessment, assessment of presentations and teamwork, final exam
Lecture with PowerPoint slides and exercises. The ppt slides and handouts will be provided
Lector: Tobias Buchberger, BSc MSc, Silvia Schmidt, BSc MSc
The course teaches security aspect with the runtime of applications as well as DevSecOps subjects: * Virtualisation * Container technologies * Security automation (Ansible) * Docker * CI/CD * OWASP SAMM
Lector: Tobias Buchberger, BSc MSc, Ing. Reinhard Kugler, MSc, DI Mathias Tausig
In this lectures, we shade light on the attacker's perspective on computer security. By learning how to attackers work and experience them first hand in our lab exercises, we create a deeper understanding of the methods and procedures of attackers. Thus, laying the foundation for better operational security and security design practices. This lecture is part 1 of our two-semester lecture series at FH Campus Wien.
5 practical challenges (of which you need to solve 3) and a written exam.
Lectures with practical examples and demonstrations. Additionally, we offer an online platform, where students have to solve challenges. Those challenges range from attacking a Windows or Linux platform, performing a buffer overflow, and the analysis and manipulation of a mobile App.
- Practical application of IT-Security knowledge - Selected topics supplementing related courses - Protection of IT-Systems using Firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems - Design and Integration of a SIEM solution
Continuous examination and documentation
- Independent implementation of a project - Support is given at any time on request - Continuous progress reviews
Lector: Tobias Buchberger, BSc MSc, FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Koschuch, Bakk. tech.
Practical Project Cloud Paradigms (IAAS, PAAS, SAAS) Security in the Cloud (Searchable/Homomorphic Encryption) Basics of Identity Management Single-Sign-On Systems, Shibboleth, Kerberos OAuth, OpenID Connect, SAML; FIDO, U2F
Lecture Distance Education Practical work in small groups
This course covers the differences between the „textbook” and the “real-world” implementations of cryptographic algorithms. Symmetric techniques like DES and especially AES with its most important variations are dealt with in detail, as well as padding techniques and selected parts from the PKCS. These topics are supplemented with a basic introduction to the efficient implementation of long integer arithmetic.
Written elaboration of selected lecture contents Presentation Written examination
Presentation with slides and video projector
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Schmiedecker, Dip.-Inf. (FH) Karsten Theiner
- Forensic Methods o File System Forensics o Network Forensics o Operating System Forensics o Examination of Application Data o Time Line Analysis o Keyword Search
Lessons are held, using at least some of following didactics: - Ex-cathedra teaching - Independent working in groups - Interactive Media Support - Computer room lessons
Lector: Tobias Buchberger, BSc MSc, FH-Prof. DI Gerhard Engelmann, Silvia Schmidt, BSc MSc, DI Mathias Tausig
An important part of a comprehensive academic education is to aquire the qualification to treat problem statements from a scientific point of view. Therefore, an introduction to scientific work, writing, and well established methodologies will be taught in this course.
The evaluation is based on the submitted material (disposition, paper, reviews) as well as on the presentations.
During this course a scientific conference will be simulated. After a brief introduction to scientific writing, the attendees of this course shall treat a problem statement of a given field of research for which they shall prepare disposition that briefly describes the chosen topic. Based on it, a draft version of the scientific article will be written (draft paper). Afterwards, these draft versions of the papers will be critically reviewed by other colleagues (peer reviewing). Based on their reviews, a revised version of the scientific paper shall be created (camera-ready paper). At the end of this course, the scientific papers will be presented by the authors.
Lector: Tobias Buchberger, BSc MSc, Ing. Reinhard Kugler, MSc
As a follow-up to Cyber Security, we deepen the understanding of the attacker's perspective. This semester focuses on attacks on IoT devices, exploitation with malware and memory corruption, as well as identity theft. By getting hands-on experience on the techniques and mindset needed to break security systems, the student gains insight useful for post-incident analysis of attacks as well as proactive analysis of attack vectors.
Five practical challenges (of which you need to solve at least three) and a written exam.
Lectures with practical examples and demonstrations. Additionally, we offer an online platform, where students have to solve challenges. Those challenges range from reverse engineering of a firmware sample, an ELF virus or performing a memory corruption attack via Return Oriented Programming.
Practical assignments in the scope of the lecture.
Graded point of the reports
Lector: FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Koschuch, Bakk. tech., Julia Teissl, BSc MSc
Summary of the essential aspects of project- and process-management, as well as system safety, and their practical meaning in concrete examples. Clarification of the differences between safety and security, and of the interfaces between these two areas. Diskussion and reflection of the insights from practical application of the above concepts.
Assessment of the submitted implementation and the presentations.
Implementing and presenting a practical example in small groups.
Lector: Dipl-HTL-Ing. Andreas Schaupp, MSc, MSc, MAS
- IT-Security Management and Risk Assessment - IT-Security Controls, Plans, and Procedures - Physical and Human Resources Security - Access Control Management - Security Compliance / Audit - Overview focus on the ISO 27000-family, but also COBIT, ITIL, BSI Grundschutz
1/3: Individual case studies 1/3: Group assignment incl. presentation 1/3: Classroom Quizzes
Lecture, individual case study, group assignment incl. presentation of the results
Lector: FH-Prof. Dipl.-Inform. Dipl.-Wirt.Inform. Matthias Peter Hudler
Autonomous authoring of a special, science-based theme under guidance by a supervisor, elaboration of the master's thesis
Approbation of the master's thesis
Diploma thesis: Autonomous scientific work under guidance by a supervisor
The students present the current state of their Master's Thesis at regular intervals and discuss their work with the audience.
Presentations by the students
Lector: Dr. Sandford Bessler
The lecture will give an overview on the technologies and the application areas of e-privacy protection: Definitions, Introduction, Legal aspects - GDPR, DPIA Technologies: - Identity management - Anonymous communication - Privacy policies - Database privacy Application areas: - Vehicular privacy, Location privacy - Search engine privacy, - Social network privacy, - Privacy and the Smart grid
Homework exercises and project work (40%) Final written exam (60% of the grade)
Frontal teaching using slide presentations and online sources. 2-3 home works to support learning Small group project work and presentation.
Lector: MMag. Dr. André Gazsó
This course discusses the main principles of human perception especially regarding risk and safety relevant decisions and actions. The leading context is the societal attitude to risk and safety and the political conditions of safety governance.
Lector: DI Wolfgang Aigner, Mag.iur. Philip Raffling
General orientation in law with a focus on data protection.
Number of teaching weeks18 per semester
Times5.30 p.m.-7.00 p.m. and 7.15 p.m.-8.45 p.m.
Graduates are active in both the core information technology and telecommunications industries as well as in sector spanning positions. Your task will be to design and implement comprehensive security solutions. You will specify, plan, integrate, test and operate voice and data networks, taking into account the necessary security standards. You will work in the following areas:
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The admission procedure assesses the professional suitability of the applicants for the Master's program. It consists of an oral interview. You will receive the date for the admission procedure from the secretary's office. The admission interview usually takes place online via ZOOM.
The goal is to offer a study place to those persons who complete the admission procedure with the best results.
The admission criteria are exclusively performance-based. You will receive points for the interview, after which the ranking of the candidates will be determined. Geographical assignments of the applicants have no influence on the admission. The admission requirements must be met. The entire process as well as the evaluations of the admission procedure are documented and archived in a comprehensible manner.
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Experience shows that many questions arise during the application phase and the start of the degree program. We therefore propose that interested persons and applicants should network with higher semester students in the same degree program as yours. Personal and individual contact with your buddy should facilitate your entry into the degree program.
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