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Graduate Degree - Cybersecurity : Threats and Defenses

Objectif

Cybersecurity is concerned with the security and integrity of all the interconnected electronic devices that form our current modern life, from large companies to individuals.

Critical installations including servers, industrial automation, nuclear power stations, cloud computing facilities, and even the basic infrastructure of the internet itself are under constant attack.

Stories of companies being harassed by viruses and malware are frequent; huge amounts of money can easily be stolen, and valuable infrastructure pirated in a few seconds.  Often this requires virtually no investment or risk on the part of attackers, which range from individuals to hostile state-sponsored agencies.

Closer to home, everyone now uses smartphones and computers, but we are also using more and more communicating "smart" objects in our everyday lives.  Connected to the internet, these essentially render the concrete walls of our homes and businesses as transparent and fragile as glass; every citizen's privacy and way of life is at stake.

The internet culture of rapid development and innovation encourages us (indeed, virtually forces us) to release products and systems that prioritise functionality over safety.  We rush to meet new needs and markets, without the time and resources required to ensure that products are safe against current attacks, let alone future hacking techniques and threat scenarios.

Reaching a universal state of security seems impossible, but the problems of security are universal: using your laptop and protecting your own data; enabling and protecting internet access; ensuring the privacy and integrity of communications between individuals and businesses; indeed, even simply ensuring that we are connecting to the service that we think we are, and not a hostile impostor.  The technical solutions to these problems involve the methods of modern cryptography.

While the fundamental notions of security (including concepts like 'protection', access restrictions, establishing and verifying identities, and managing and transmitting authority) are common across all sorts of contexts, the reality is that there is no unique way to set up or use connected systems.  The simplicity of our expectations as users and designers is confounded by the ultimate complexity and diversity of computer, network, and data architectures.  This dialogue between the absolutes of security and the diversity of everyday experiences is at the heart of cybersecurity research and practice.

The Cybersecurity: Threats and Defenses program is based on the École Polytechnique's trademark interdisciplinary approach, and provides you with necessary expertise in all aspects of cybersecurity -- be it hardware or software.  It is a complete program for future experts in computer security, and for all activities in which protecting data or privacy is essential. Adapting to new threats and finding new defenses will be your day-to-day challenge.

There is a large gamut of jobs in cybersecurity. For a small list: security auditor, controller or evaluator; security architect; secure systems developer; penetration test expert; security consultant; information system security manager.

contenu

YEAR 1

The first part is concerned with building a common technical background for cybersecurity; adding security to this will be the task of the second period.

First period (mid-September to mid-December)

Three mandatory courses (3x4 ECTS)
INF557: From the Internet to the IoT: The Fundamentals of Modern Computer Networking
INF558: Introduction to Cryptology
INF559: A Programmer's Introduction to Computer Architectures and Operating Systems

One elective course to be chosen among (4 ECTS):
INF553: Database Management Systems
INF554: Machine learning I

Second period (January to March)

Three mandatory courses:
INF568: Advanced Cryptology
INF565: Information Systems Security
INF586: Network Security

Alternatively, 1 or 2 courses from among:
INF563: Introduction to Information Theory

Third period (March to June/August)

Research project or company internship (INF59119 ECTS

domaines d'enseignement

Informatique.

Parcours

Unités d'enseignement

UE Type d'enseignement Domaines Catégorie d'UE Credit Ects Volume horaire Responsables Periode de programmation Site pédagogique
English English PA - C8
French Français PA - C8
HFC550 Sociology of Democracy and Digital PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales 1.5 Fabrizio Li Vigni AN3 - P1
HFC551 French Crime PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales 1.5 Antoine Guibal AN3 - P1
HFC552 Aspects of Comparative Commercial Law PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales 1.5 Sabine Sultan AN3 - P1
HFC553 The Myth of Paris in French Imagination PA - C8 Isabelle Schaffner AN3 - P1
HFC554 Debating PA - C8 Declan Mc Cavana AN3 - P1
HFC555 Introduction to French Music PA - C8 Chantal Schütz AN3 - P1
HFC556 Introduction to French Politics PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales 1.5 Pierre-Marc Renaudeau AN3 - P1
HFC557 Sociology of energy transitions: innovation, socio-techni... PA - C8 1.5 Claire Le Renard AN3 - P1
HFC560 Paris in the Jazz Age PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales 1.5 Antoine Guibal AN3 - P2
HFC560B Sociology of Democracy and Digital PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales Fabrizio Li Vigni AN3 - P2
HFC561 Introduction to French Cinema PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales 1.5 Isabelle Schaffner AN3 - P2
HFC562 Introduction to French Music PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales Chantal Schütz AN3 - P2
HFC564 Geopolitics PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales 1.5 Elsa SEN AN3 - P2
HFC564B Advanced Geopolitics PA - C8 Elsa SEN AN3 - P2
HFC565 French Humour PA - C8 AN3 - P2
HFC566 Introduction to French Politics PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales 1.5 Pierre-Marc Renaudeau AN3 - P2
HFC567 Corporate Sustainability: How ethics & responsibility are... PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales Alice Steenland AN3 - P2
HFC569 Philosophy of Science Fiction PA - C8 Humanité et sciences sociales 1.5 Jonathan Degenève AN3 - P2
HFC569B Dark sides of the City of Lights PA - C8 AN3 - P2
INF520 Projet de 3A de Cyber-sécurité P1 PA - C8 Informatique François Morain AN3 - P1
INF539 Refresher Course in Cybersecurity PA - C8 Alain Couvreur,
François Morain
AN3 - P1
INF553 Database Management Systems PA - C6B Informatique UE de projet, UE d'approfondissement. 4 36 Pierre Bourhis,
Benoît Groz,
Ioana Manolescu
AN3 - P1
INF557 From the Internet to the IoT: Fundamentals of Modern Comp... PA - C4B Informatique UE d'approfondissement, UE de base. 4 Thomas Clausen AN3 - P1
INF558 Introduction to Cryptology PA - C5B Informatique UE de base, UE d'approfondissement. 4 36 François Morain AN3 - P1
INF559 Architecture des ordinateurs et systèmes d'exploitation PA - C3B Informatique UE d'approfondissement, UE de base. 4 Francesco Zappa Nardelli AN3 - P1
INF563 Théorie de l'information PA - C6B Informatique UE d'approfondissement, UE de base. Jean-Pierre Tillich AN3 - P2
INF565 Information Systems Security PA - C1B Informatique UE d'approfondissement, UE de base. 4 Guenael Renault AN3 - P2
INF568 Advanced Cryptology PA - C5B Informatique UE d'approfondissement, UE de base. 4 Benjamin Smith AN3 - P2
INF571 Distributed Computing PA - C7 Informatique UE de base, UE d'approfondissement. 4 Bernadette Charron-Bost,
Jean-Marc Notin
AN3 - P1
INF571T Distributed Computing - Tutorat Tutorat Informatique
INF581 Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence PA - C4B Informatique UE de base, UE d'approfondissement. 4 Jesse Read,
Nikolaos Tziortziotis,
Michalis Vazirgiannis
AN3 - P2
INF586 Sécurité des réseaux PA - C7 Informatique UE de base, UE d'approfondissement. 4 Thomas Clausen AN3 - P2
INF591 Informatique Stages Informatique 30 Olivier Bournez AN3-P3
INF593 Internship for Cybersecurity (Year 1) Stages 26 François Morain
INF611 Long project in Cybersecurity PA - C8 François Morain
INF636 Blockchain PA - C8 4 Daniel Augot,
Bernadette Charron-Bost
AN3 - P1
INF637 Reverse engineering vs Obfuscation PA - C8 4 Guenael Renault AN3 - P1
INF638 Filtering architectures PA - C8 François Morain AN3 - P1
INF646 Introduction to formal methods PA - C8 Pierre-Yves Strub AN3 - P2
INF647 C-secure programming / System security PA - C8 4 François Morain AN3 - P2
INF648 Embedded security: side-channel attacks; javacard. PA - C8 4 Guenael Renault AN3 - P2
INF693 Internship for Cybersecurity (Year 2) PA - C8 26 François Morain
LGD01ANG Cultural Agility Langues Langues 3 Julie Mc Donald,
Chantal Schütz
LGD01ESP Actualidad en el mundo hispanico Langues Langues 3 Cristina Marinas,
Jean-Baptiste Thomas
LGD01FLE Langue française et civilisation (A1) Langues Langues 3 Julie André,
Christine Le Saux
LGD02ANG Scientific Writing Langues Langues 3 Divya Madhavan,
Chantal Schütz
LGD02ESP Espagnol Débutant - MSc&T Langues 3 Cristina Marinas,
Tania Romero Barrios
LGD02FLE Langue française et civilisation (A2) Langues Langues 3 Julie André,
Pascale Ribardière
LGD03ANG Human Beans Langues Langues 3 Meghann Cassidy,
Chantal Schütz
LGD03FLE Langue française et civilisation (B1) Langues Langues 3 Julie André,
Olivier Crepellière
LGD04FLE Langue française et civilisation (C1/C2) Langues Langues 3 Julie André,
Antoine Guibal
MIE554 Business Models in the Digital Era PA - C7 Management, Innovation et Entrepreneuriat 4 Thierry Rayna AN3 - P1
MIE556 Introduction to Marketing and Strategy PA - C6B Management, Innovation et Entrepreneuriat 4 Philippe Ginier-Gillet AN3 - P1
MIE562 Case Studies on Innovation PA - C4B Management, Innovation et Entrepreneuriat 4 Philippe Ginier-Gillet AN3 - P2
MIE564A Entrepreneurship : practical cases and research by sector... MIE - Cours Management, Innovation et Entrepreneuriat 4 Antoine Souchaud AN3 - P2
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