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Norwegian Information Security Laboratory/ NISlab


Patrick Bours

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The information security group at GUC is the Norwegian Information Security laboratory - NISlab. NISlab is part of the Faculty for Computer Science and Media Technology. The group conducts international competitive research in several areas of information security, supervises Ph.D. research projects in this field and teaches courses in information security at the master and bachelor level.
Activities related to information security at GUC were initiated in spring 2001 in reaction to a request by the major norwegian telephone company “Telenor” that is having a high demand of experts with background in various areas of information security. In the course of a pilot study, great demands were also recognized in the other Norwegian companies. Subsequently, the project for establishing a programme “Master of Science in Information Security” at GUC was launched in 2002 and successfully finalized with the NOKUT accreditation in August 2004. From 2002 to 2005 the security group at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden were responsible for quality assurance thorugh professor Louise Yngström. In the same period, the Section for information technology and administrative systems (SITAS), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo was a partner responsible for the Legal Aspects course. The project received strong financial and personal support from norwegian industries mainly Telenor, Norsk Tipping, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thales, DnB NOR and Sparebanken Hedmark. NISlab is remaining its strong and important link to industry via the Bluelight network that was established in 2003.
As of 2007, NISlab employs 5 full professors, 1 associate professor, 1 researcher, 1 assistant professor, 6 adjunct professors and lecturers and 9 PhD students. NISlab carries out research in many areas of information security including: Information Security Management, System security, Cryptology, Network security, Privacy, Attacks and forensics, Information warfare and critical infrastructure protection, Content protection, and Dependable computing.