Cybersecurity Seminars

Prof. Luigi V. Mancini

Deadline to submit your written report: June the 1st, 2020 AoE (Anywhere on Earth).

For students who decide to register their grade in September, the deadline for the delivery of the written report is September the 7th, 2020 (Anywhere on Earth).

Regardless of the deadline, follow this link to submit your report. 


Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.

Course Description

This is not a traditional course but a subsidiary formative activity (called AAF - 6 cfu). In Italy, within the master degree course, students are expected to attend one AAF, in addition to traditional courses. This AAF elaborates on what was previously learned in the master's degree course in Cybersecurity through guest lectures. In particular, it comments on the threats, vulnerabilities and cyber risks that emerge from the latest attacks reported, and illustrates success stories to protect data and prevent any violations of the network or computer systems. Some of the seminars will explicitly cover content of professional ethics.

The objective of the course is for students to understand the topics discussed in the seminars by applying them to a real-world case. They will be asked to use their personal knowledge to imagine an innovative product or service related to the topics discussed in class.


The exam consists of attending the seminars, and preparing a written report (in groups of 2 to 3 students maximum) related to one of the topics presented in the seminars. More precisely:

1. Each group of students is asked to submit a written report describing a possible innovative product or service linked to one of the topics presented. The end deliverable will consist in a simplified Business Model Canvas ( with the following Structure:

⦁ Cover Page: title of the report, authors of the report and their contacts. Indicate on the cover of the report which topic among those presented in the seminars you have chosen.

⦁ Customer segments and early adopters (1000 characters no space): who are you selling to? Be precise and list their characteristics. Who are your early adopters? Who will buy your products first and be an advocate of your brand?  

⦁ Problem statement (2000 characters no space for groups of two students, 3000 for groups of three): what problem are you trying to solve for your customers? What are the needs behind that problem? Analyse the problem in depth and explain why it needs to be solved. List the top 3 frustrations of your consumers regarding that problem. 

⦁ Existing alternatives (2000 characters no space for groups of two students, 4000 for groups of three): How do customers currently solve this problem? Analyse your competition, pointing out how they currently solve the problem your customers are facing. Show your understanding of the topic and market that has been chosen.   

⦁ Solution (2000 characters no space for groups of two students, 3000 for groups of three): How will you solve the problem? Describe your solution, product or service.   

⦁ Unique Value proposition (1000 characters no space): Create a clear and compelling one sentence message aimed at your customers and explain why it encompasses most of the characteristics of your product or service. 

⦁ High Level concept (1000 characters no space): Create a clear and compelling slogan that will help send your message across your competitors.

⦁ Unfair advantage (1000 characters no space): What sets you apart from your competitors, why is your product or service different? Why would people buy it rather than buying the one from your competitors? Include both functional and emotional benefits. 

⦁ Key Metrics (1000 characters no space): How do you measure your success? Make a list of metrics that will help you know if you have succeeded. 

⦁ Simplified Business Canvas: 1 page canvas summarising of all the elements listed above.

⦁ Sources, eventual additional References and Appendices.

2. Students are expected to:

⦁ understand in detail the topic of their choice and its market;

⦁ explain the innovation of the proposed product or service with respect to the state of the art;

⦁ apply the course's concepts to their idea.

3. The final report will be evaluated on the following criterias: 

⦁ originality of the idea:  20%; 

⦁ understanding of the course concepts: 40%; 

⦁ application of the course concepts to the idea: 40%. 

Please note that

1. Attendance of students at seminars is mandadory for students enrolled in the second year of the master's degree in Cybersecurity;

2. Plagiarism at the exam will not be accepted and is considered both an offence and a breach of academic integrity. If part of a paper is copied in any of the forms described in the link below, the student will have to attend the course and submit a new essay the following year. Students must clearly give credit to the creators of ideas, inventions, work, texts, etc. that are present in their report. In particular, we recommend reading the following document:  See also Section 1.5 in

3. Students are expected to write the report in a structured and understandable way. When in doubt regarding how to structure the written report, please refer to the following guidelines from Trident University:


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