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ICT15M2 Advanced Network Security

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Module name:

Advanced Network Security

Scope and form:

Face to face

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

15 weeks, 2,5h/week

Type of assessment:

1) Homework assignments: The module contains several obligatory homework assignments. Assignments are supervised and graded during practice times. Maximum summary points for all assignments: 30.
2) Essay: In order to pass the module, each student has to write an essay Maximum points: 10.
3) Exam: In order to pass the module, each student has to pass the written exam. Maximum points: 60.
4) Final evaluation: The final grade for each student is calculated using a summary score of the homework assignments, essay and the exam, ie. 10% for the essay, 30% for the homework assigments and 60% for the exam.
The grades are assigned as follows:
More than 90 points:  grade 5 (excellent)
80 - 90 points: grade 4 (very good)
70 - 80 points: grade 3 (good)
60 - 70 points: grade 2 (satisfactory)
50 - 60 points: grade 1 (pass)
Below 50 points: grade 0 (failed)

Qualified Prerequisites:


General module objectives:

Give an overview and introduction to:
organisational and legal aspects of cyber security,
principles and defence against denial of service (DDOS) and hacking attacks,
principles and defence against viruses and malware,
eavesdropping the network and secure communication channels,
recognizing and managing security incidents,
symmetric key cryptography,
asymmetric key cryptography,
principles of digital signatures

Topics and short description:

Overview of the main areas of cyberdefence: organizational/legal aspects, attacks and defence, cryptoalgorithms and their applications

Learning outcomes:




Cyber security

Security standards, legal frameworks. Authentication. Authorization. Passwords.

Organizational and legal aspects of cybersecurity. Basic principles of security.

Attack principles

DDOS, Botnet

Defence techniques


Cryptographic algorithms and their principles. Certificates. PKI. SSL/TLS. Digital Signatures. Crypto currency

Use of cryptographic algorithms

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