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Cyber-Security Lab

Academic Year 2021-2022

  • Teacher Prof. Claudio Cilli
  • Office: Via Salaria, 113 - 3° Piano - Stanza 313
  • Reception hours: See below
  • Classroom: Remote via WebEx

Reception hours

  • Personal reception:
    • at the lesson end or during breaks
    • at the reception hours published on the Department web site
    • by appointment, after an e-mail request
  • Alternate reception:
    • e-mail


Lesson of Tuesday, Oct. 19th is postponed due to a unforeseen event

Lesson of October 19th is postponed and will be recovered soon.

Lessons Connection Parameters

All Tuesdays 15:00-18:00


  • Specialized seminars are offered every month

  • Lessons:
    • Tuesdays 16-19
    • Remote call via WebEx until further notice

    • specialized seminars (date, time and locations to be announced)

  • Available thesis:
    • Progettazione di un circuito di pagamento decentralizzato per il trasferimento di valuta. Il lavoro si propone di descrivere le caratteristiche proprie di un circuito di pagamento finalizzato alla gestione di un portafoglio personale dedicato al trasferimento di valuta (e.g. scambio di denaro contante, scambio di valute digitali, addebito/accredito verso altri circuiti) attraverso l’utilizzo della tecnologia blockchain. Il progetto è volto alla realizzazione di un prototipo funzionante.


In order to better understand course topics, students are encouraged to attend courses related to the subjects.

AFC Objectives

This class will immerse the students into an interactive environment where they will be shown how to scan, test, hack and secure their own systems. The lab intensive environment gives each student in-depth knowledge and practical experience with the current essential security systems. Students will begin by understanding how perimeter defenses work and then be lead into scanning and attacking their own networks, no real network is harmed. Students then learn how intruders escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to secure a system. Students will also learn about Intrusion Detection, Policy Creation, Social Engineering, DDOS Attacks, Buffer Overflows and Virus Creation. When a student leaves this intensive class they will have hands on understanding and experience in Ethical Hacking.

Course outline

  • 01. Introduction to Ethical Hacking
  • 02. Footprinting and Reconnaissance
  • 03. Scanning Networks
  • 04. Enumeration
  • 05. System Hacking
  • 06. Malware Threats
  • 07. Sniffing
  • 08. Social Engineering
  • 09. Denial-of-Service
  • 10. Session Hijacking
  • 11. Hacking Web Servers
  • 12. Hacking Web Applications
  • 13. SQL Injection
  • 14. Hacking Wireless Networks
  • 15. Hacking Mobile Platforms
  • 16. Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots
  • 17. Cloud Computing
  • 18. Cryptography

Additional seminars by international specialists and speakers

Additional information and Italian version are here: * Laboratorio di Cyber-Security*

Reference material

  • Copy of slides used during the lessons
  • Handhouts authored by the teacher

Additional suggested books

  • Jim Stickley, The Truth about Identity Theft, Pearson Education, Inc., 2009
  • Andy Oram & John Viega, Beautiful Security, O’Reilly, 2009
  • Tim Mather, Subra Kumasarawamy, Shahed Latif, Cloud Security & Privacy, 2009
  • Nitesh Dbanjani, Brett Hardin & Bill Rios, Hacking: The Next Generation, O’Reilly, 2009


  • Select an IT security-related topic and produce a research based on the chosen topic, ending with a report and a presentation

Exam registration

  • The verbalization responsible - prof. Alessandro Mei - will open an examination appeal. Students have to sign-in after delivering the elaborate. Once evaluated by the teacher, the grade will be communicated to prof. Mei, who shall record the exam result.

Teaching materials

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