Cyber Security and Privacy

By Prof. Saji K Mathew   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 39310   |  Exam registration: 10099
This course introduces to management students the concepts, technologies, practices and challenges associated with cybersecurity as applied in organizations. Protection as well as disclosure of information pose unique challenges and also allude to economic and technological implications. The course takes a broad view of cyber security along with information privacy by analysing relevant organizational, human, legal and policy issues. Through this course, students will explore cyber security along with information privacy with a managerial focus. Students are expected to develop a wholesome understanding about cyber security and privacy risks to businesses covering governance, compliance and risk mitigation and closely study certain business domains.

PREREQUISITES : A core course on Management Information Systems desirable (not mandatory)

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : IT services industry, AI/Block chain start ups, Industry 4.0, autonomous vehicles industry
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jul 2023
End Date : 13 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 07 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 18 Aug 2023
Exam Date : 28 Oct 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction - Introduction to cyber security, Confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
Week 2: Foundations - Fundamental concepts, CIA, CIA triangle, data breach at target.
Week 3: Security management, Governance, risk, and compliance (GRC)- GRC framework, security standards.
Week 4: Contingency planning - Incidence response, Disaster Recovery, BCP.
Week 5: Cyber security policy - ESSP, ISSP, SYSSP.
Week 6: Risk Management - Cyber Risk Identification, Assessment, and Control.
Week 7: Cyber security: Industry perspective - Defense Technologies, Attack, Exploits.
Week 8: Cyber security technologies - Access control, Encryption, Standards.
Week 9: Foundations of privacy - Information privacy, Measurement, Theories.
Week 10: Privacy regulation - Privacy, Anonymity, Regulation, Data Breach.
Week 11: Privacy regulation in Europe, Privacy: The Indian Way - Data Protection, GDPR, DPDP, Aadhar.
Week 12: Information privacy: Economics and strategy,  Economic value of privacy, privacy valuation, WTA and WTC, Business strategy and privacy, espionage, Privacy vs safety.

Books and references

  • Michael E. Whitman,  Herbert J. Mattord, (2018). Principles of Information Security, 6th edition, Cenage Learning, N. Delhi.
  • Darktrace, “Technology” https://www.darktrace.com/en/technology/#machine-learning, accessed November 2018.
  • Van Kessel, P. Is cyber security about more than protection? EY Global Information Security Survey 2018-2019.
  • Johnston, A.C. and Warkentin, M. Fear appeals and information security behaviors: An empirical study. MIS Quarterly, 2010.
  • Arce I. et al. Avoiding the top 10 software security design flaws. IEEE Computer Society Center for Secure Design (CSD), 2014.
  • Smith, H. J., Dinev, T., & Xu, H. Information privacy research: an interdisciplinary review. MIS Quarterly, 2011.
  • Subramanian R. Security, privacy and politics in India: a historical review. Journal of Information Systems Security (JISSec), 2010.
  • Acquisti, A., John, L. K., & Loewenstein, G. What is privacy worth? The Journal of Legal Studies, 2013
  • Xu H., Luo X.R., Carroll J.M., Rosson M.B. The personalization privacy paradox: An exploratory study of decision making process for location-aware marketing. Decision Support Systems, 2011.

Instructor bio

Prof. Saji K Mathew

IIT Madras
Prof.Saji K Mathew is currently a Professor at the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. As a Fulbright Scholar, he did his post-doctoral research on offshore IT outsourcing at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, Atlanta (USA). His current research focuses on behavioral cyber security, information privacy, misinformation and digital nudging. He has published research in leading IS journals while also making editorial contributions to some of them. He is a founding member of the Association for Information Systems India Chapter (INAIS) and presently serves as its Vice President.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: October 28, 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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