Dilemmas in Cyber Security


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The operational praxis of cyber security confronts the engineer with different dilemmas where e.g., the value of a cyber security operation must be balanced with the harm it may produce, or where a cyber security operation may risk violate legislation or other principles. In order to articulate these dilemmas, the course in “Dilemmas in Cyber Security” examines cases and generic problems in operational cyber security from both a practical and theoretical point of view.

Learning objectives


Must have:

  • Understanding of the ethical and legal contexts of a cyber security application or cyber security praxis
  • Understanding of values that form basis for, and define cyber security solutions
  • Knowledge of methods for formulation of an ethical dilemma in cyber security
  • Knowledge of methods for evaluation of an ethical dilemma in cyber security


Must have the skills to:

  • recognise an operational dilemma within cyber security
  • formulate the dilemma seen from different points of view
  • discuss an ethical dilemma in cyber security


Must have the competences to:

  • suggest a reasonable solution for an operational dilemma
  • evaluate different solutions for a cyber security dilemma

Type of instruction

Types of instruction are listed at the start of §17; Structure and contents of the programme.



Name of examDilemmas in Cyber Security
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDilemmaer i cybersikkerhed
Module codeESNCYSK1K7
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Cyber Security)
Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design