460-4122/02 – Computer Attacks and Defence (POU)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Computer ScienceCredits4
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Ivan Zelinka, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Ivan Zelinka, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2016/2017Year of cancellation2017/2018
Intended for the facultiesFEIIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
PLU042 Ing. Jan Plucar, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The course is divided into several blocks, which are thematically focused on the following areas: theoretical introduction, which will explain the basic concepts and vocabulary of cyber security, the comparison of operating systems and explanation of the way how to exploit mistakes in such systems, a description of the behavior of specific attacks and their modifications (course focuses on 2 specific types of attacks- ransomware and denial of Service), creatinon of a network of Internet robots (botnet) and defence against attacks from these networks, the method for analyzing the behavior and structure of the virus, explaining the process of developing the virus and the antivirus, recommended user behavior when using the internet, which will be supplemented by real world use cases, forensic techniques.

Teaching methods

Project work


The course will cover a wider range of defense techniques and attacks on computer systems. There will be mentioned both historically classic techniques and modern processes and algorithms. The course will include targeted (hacking) and spyware attacks, botnets, and so on. Part of the course will also be the basics of digital forensic analysis and penetration testing. After completing the course, the student should have a thorough knowledge of the above-mentioned areas, including the possibility of applying countermeasures and enhancing the security of computer systems. Part of the course will include separate assignments from lectures (or exercises). Their review and presentation will be part of lectures. Course will include individual assignments (presentations or projects). Their review and presentation will be part of lectures.

Compulsory literature:

1. Diogenes Y., Ozkaya E., Cybersecurity – Attack and Defense Strategies: Counter modern threats and employ state-of-the-art tools and techniques to protect your organization against cybercriminals, Packt Publishing, 2019, ISBN 978-1838827793

Recommended literature:

[1] Velu V. K., Beggs R., Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing: Secure your network with Kali Linux, Packt Publishing, 2019, ISBN 978-1789340563 [2] Anson S., Applied Incident Response, Wiley, 2020, ISBN 978-1119560265 [3] Roberts J. S., Brown R., Intelligence-Driven Incident Response: Outwitting the Adversary, O'Reilly Media, 2017, ISBN 978-1491934944

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Kontrola je založena na vypracovávání protokolů předmětu, pomocí kterých student prokazuje nejen pochopení informací z přednášek, ale i schopnost jejich implementace v daném programovém prostředí. K získání zápočtu je nutno odevzdat cvičícímu všechny požadované protokoly a mít alespoň 80% fyzické účasti na laboratořích. Zápočet je podmínkou NUTNOU k připuštění ke zkoušce.


Other requirements

It is required the ability to create programs in arbitrary programming language and apply lecture knowledge into algorithms. Additional requirements are not defined.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Lectures: 1. Introduction 2. Comparison of operating systems and well-known vulnerabilities 3. Types of cyber attacks 4. Evolution of ransomware and defense against ransomware attacks (CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, CTB Locker, etc.) 5. Botnets and denial of service attacks (DOS, DDOS) 6. Analysis of virus source code, debugging methods and tools 7. Basic techniques for reducing the chances of virus detection 8. Antivirus and immunization methods 9. Abusing software bugs 10. Software penetration testing 11. User identity, analysis of behavior and social networks analysis 12. Forensic techniques 1: analyze seized equipment 13. Forensic techniques 2: reconstruction of user activities on seized equipment

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2016/2017 Winter semester, validity until: 2017/2018 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 30  15
        Examination Examination 70  36
Mandatory attendence parzicipation:

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2017/2018 (N2647) Information and Communication Technology (1801T064) Information and Communication Security P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2016/2017 (N2647) Information and Communication Technology (1801T064) Information and Communication Security P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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