Network Security

Lecture timings

MSIT - 6 ~ Tuesday 5.00pm - 7.00pm
MSIT - 6 ~ Thursday 5.00pm - 7.00pm


Umar Kalim
Address: R#15, AB#3, St#8.
E-mail: umar [dot] kalim [at the rate]
Tel: 9280439 x 134

Course objective & description | Lecture Notes | Reading List | Miscellaneous

Course description

I shall be delivering selected lectures for this course.

This course focuses on basic concepts in network security. It aims to introduce students to the fundamental techniques used in implementing secure network communications, and to give them an understanding of common threats and attacks, as well as some practical experience in attacking and defending networked systems.

Course objectives

Few topics, that I shall be covering other than the introduction to network security tools are:

  1. IP security (case study: IPSec)
  2. Web security (case study: SSL/TLS)
  3. Firewalls and intrusion detection systems

Text book

Network Security: Private Communication in a public world by Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, Mike Speciner

Reference books

Fundamentals of Network Security by John E. Canavan
Firewalls and Internet Security Repelling the Wily Hacker by William R. Cheswick, Steven M. Bellovin, Aviel D. Rubin


At least one assignment will be given after completion of each major topic.
Late assignments will not be accepted / graded.
All assignments will count towards the total.

Quiz policy

Quizzes will be un-announced as well as announced.
Missed quizzes cannot be retaken.
All quizzes will count towards the total.

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Lecture notes

- Available for download from the file-server.
Date (2006)
Lecture topic (the text book is to be consulted)
Miscellaneous Reading
Firewalls Thinking about firewalls by Marcus J. Ranum, FAQs, Firewaling,
Presentations * (Back Orifice, Determining the Email's origin, NMAP & NETCAT, IPTables, SNORT, TRIPWIRE and SOCKS) Miscellaneous
IPSecurity ~ IPSec - AH & ESP Overview, OPENBSD Implementing IPSec
IPSecurity ~ IPSec - IKE OPENBSD Implementing IKE
Web Security SSL & TLS  


Reading Lists (some topics may not be directly related to our course contents)

Miscellaneous Articles

Tips on research

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Last updated: 7th of Sep, 2006.