EP2500 Networked Systems Security 7.5 credits

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The course will focus on security, including privacy, for a spectrum of networked systems, covering: (i) Internet and TCP/IP networks, (ii) Cellular data and voice networks, (iii) wireless local and personal area networks, (iv) Internet of Things and embedded systems, (v) Wireless Sensor Networks, (vi) Mobile ad hoc and hybrid networks, such as vehicular communication systems. While the first three types of networked systems have been the predominant ones, and shall get significant attention, the course shall strive to keep a balance and present upcoming technologies, including, for example, elements on other networked infrastructures such as the smart grid. The emphasis, throughout the course, shall be on basic concepts and technologies, on common security requirements across various systems, and on how features of each system determine the state-of-the-art of security solutions.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Basically, the course will bring up security including integrity for a spectrum of network systems that includes:

  • Internet and TCP/IP networks,
  • Mobile voice and data networks,
  • Wireless local and personal networks,
  • Wireless sensor networks,
  • Mobile ad hoc and hybrid networks, such as vehicle communication systems

The emphasis in the course lies on basic concepts and technologies about joint security requirements in different systems and about how the functions in each system decide the latest security solutions.

Intended learning outcomes *

Having passed the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify, explain and analyse vulnerabilities, threats and attacks against a number of modern network systems
  • state clear properties and requirements of security solutions for network systems
  • analyse and design security protocols and mechanisms that protect the network operation against attacks
  • explain and analyse qualitatively and quantitatively general security mechanisms
  • identify and analyse best practice for security systems that currently are generally used in network systems

in order to

  • become prepared for future advanced studies in the subject
  • be able to handle open, real technical problems.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Completed courses corresponding to:

IV1013 Introduction to computer security, 7.5 credits
IK1552 Internetworking, 7.5 credits
IK2560 Mobile networks and services, 7.5 credits.

Recommended prerequisites

The examiner will give exemption from the specific requirements to students who have basic knowledge on system security and network protocols.


Students are assumed to have access to computers.


Reading list is presented no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course on

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignment, 2.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • KON1 - Assignment, 2.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

In agreement with KTH´s coordinator for disabilities, it is the examiner who decides to adapt an examination for students in possess of a valid medical certificate.. The examiner may permit other examination forms at the re-examination of few students

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Panagiotis Papadimitratos

Further information

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Offered by

EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study *

Computer Science and Engineering, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

EP2510 Advanced networked system security


Panagiotis Papadimitratos papadim@kth.se

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: