TU Delft Free Online Course on Cyber Security Economics

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The Delft University of Technology is offering free online course on Cyber Security Economics. This course requires familiarity with basic concepts of information security.

This economics course provides an introduction to the field of cybersecurity through the lens of economic principles. The course start will start on October 19, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours per week
Subject: Computer Science
Institution: Delft University of Technology and edX
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Session: Course starts on October 19, 2016

Providers' Details

Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest technological university in the Netherlands. Our research is inspired by the desire to increase fundamental understanding, as well as by societal challenges. We encourage our students to be independent thinkers so they will become engineers capable of solving complex problems. Our students have chosen Delft University of Technology because of our reputation for quality education and research.

About This Course

This economics course provides an introduction to the field of cybersecurity through the lens of economic principles. Delivered by four leading research teams, it will provide you with the economic concepts, measurement approaches and data analytics to make better security and IT decisions, as well as understand the forces that shape the security decisions of other actors in the ecosystem of information goods and services.

Systems often fail because the organizations that defend them do not bear the full costs of failure. In order to solve the problems of growing vulnerability to computer hackers and increasing crime, solutions must coherently allocate responsibilities and liabilities so that the parties in a position to fix problems have an incentive to do so. This requires a technical comprehension of security threats combined with an economic perspective to uncover the strategies employed by cyber hackers, attackers and defenders.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Sound understanding of the economics of cybersecurity as a systems discipline, from security policies (modelling what ought to be protected) to mechanisms (how to implement the protection goals)
  • How to design security metrics to capture information security issues
  • How the design of effective policies to enhance and maintain cybersecurity must take into account a complex set of incentives facing not only the providers and users of the Internet and computer software, but also those of potential attackers


None. Familiarity with basic concepts of information security is recommended.


Ross Anderson
Ross Anderson is Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University.

Rainer Böhme
Professor for Security and Privacy, Department of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Michel van Eeten
Michel van Eeten is a Professor at Delft University of Technology. His chair focuses on the Governance of Cybersecurity.

Carlos H. Gañán
Carlos H. Gañán is an assistant professor in the Economics of cybersecurity group at TU Delft.

Tyler Moore
Tandy Assistant Professor of Cyber Security and Information Assurance in the Tandy School of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa.

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