Enrolment on this course unit is limited to 158 students.
COMP38411 Cryptography & Network Security syllabus 2018-2019
The popularity of the Internet, coupled with the explosive growth of mobile computing devices (phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and laptops), has led to the world of universal electronic connectivity. In this connected world, people access data and services on the Internet and communicate with each other anywhere and anytime. While this level of connectivity may bring us many benefits such as improving our quality of life and running services with global presence but with reduced costs, it does open vast opportunities for unauthorised access to data, services and other resources and for fraud and forgeries in commercial and business activities. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to increase both awareness and knowledge in protecting data and resources from unauthorised disclosure, in guaranteeing the authenticity of data in transit, and in protecting networked systems against attacks.
This course unit introduces students to the principles and practice of cryptography and network security, exploring popular cryptographic methods and security protocols and their applications for countering network-based security threats and attacks.
The course is designed for students who have some understanding of computer networks and protocols, but no background in security.
Introduction to Security
basic notions of security, security properties (confidentiality, integrity and availability), security vulnerabilities, threats and attacks, the use of attack trees in evaluating and classifying security vulnerabilities and threats, security models, policies and mechanisms
Cryptographic methods (or primitives)
classical encryption techniques, Feistel encryption and decryption, symmetrical (or conventional) ciphers, block cipher and stream cipher principles and operations, introduction to number theory, asymmetrical (or public-key) ciphers
cryptographic hash functions, Message Authentication Code (MACs), digital signatures
Establishing trust, cryptographic (or security) protocols
Diffie-Hellman key exchange, symmetric key distributions, digital certificates and Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs), user identification and authentication, single sign on, cryptographic protocol analysis and design
Network and Internet Security
IP security, web security, email security, Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) security, e-commerce security, Cloud computing security
Feedback methodsVia question/answer sessions.
- Lectures (22 hours)
- Practical classes & workshops (16 hours)
- Analytical skills
- Problem solving
|Programme outcome||Unit learning outcomes||Assessment|
|A3||Analyse, identify, and use attack tree to evaluate and classify, security vulnerabilities and threats in a networked and distributed system context.|
|A1 A3||Describe cryptographic methods taught in the course unit.|
|A3 A4 B1 B3||Apply appropriate cryptographic methods to achieve a given security goal, or to solve a given security problem, in a practical (efficient, usable and scalable) manner.|
|A3 B1 B3||Design and analyse security protocols and methods to solve specified security problems.|
|A5 B1||Describe and analyse network and Internet security solutions covered in the course unit.|
|C4||Be familiar with current research issues and directions of network security.|
|Cryptography and network security: principles and practice (7th edition)||Stallings, William||9781292158587||Pearson||2017||✔|
|Computer security (3rd edition)||Gollmann, Dieter||9780470741153||Wiley||2010||✖|
|Security+ guide to network security fundamentals (5th edition)||Ciampa, Mark||9781305093911||CENGAGE Learning||2014||✖|
Course unit materials
Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.