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Information Security


This class exposes students to the fundamental concepts of cryptography, network security, and computer security. The growing importance of networks and distributed systems, and their use to support safety-critical applications, has made information security a central issue for systems today. The class centers on two main parts: security foundations (which includes security terminology, core cryptograhic principles, and secure protocols) and applied security (which discusses network security, computer security, software security, and web security). Students learn to critically assess the security properties of a system and make informed decisions about implementing secure processes. Most classes feature in-class labs where students are asked to implement a cryptographic primitive or secure protocol, or attack a vulnerable system.





  • Cryptography and Network Security – Principles and Practices; William Stalling; 6th Ed., Pearson Intl., 2013

Supplemental reading - Additional handouts will be provided as needed, e.g.: 

  • Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World; Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, Mike Speciner; 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 2002
  • Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems; Ross Anderson; 2nd Ed., Wiley, 2008



Langheinrich M.

Course director

Rogora D.


Additional information

Academic year
Master of Science in Financial Technology and Computing, Core course, Lecture, 1st year

Master of Science in Informatics, Core course, Lecture, 1st and 2nd year

Master of Science in Management and Informatics, Elective course, Lecture, 1st and 2nd year

Master of Science in Software & Data Engineering, Elective course, 1st year