IK2000 Security Architecture for Open Distributed Systems 7.5 credits

Säkerhetsarkitekturer för öppna distribuerade system

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

The course covers special, advanced topics of security in distributed systems: protocols for suspicious users, protocols for anonymous transactions, smart cards technologies and administraiton, security for mobile agents, formal models of computer security, Java security and intrusion-detection systems

  • Educational level

    Second cycle
  • Academic level (A-D)

  • Subject area

  • Grade scale

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

Last planned examination: spring 20.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should:
•    Have a deep and comprehensive understanding of:
   o    Significant characteristics of open / distributed systems from a security point of view
   o    Current threats and security algorithms, mechanisms and protocols in open distributed systems.
•    Be able to analyze the implementation and functioning of applications and systems in open network environments from the point of view of their security.
•    Be able to design and implement secure applications in open and distributed systems, as well as applications that provide security services for such environments.

Course main content

1.Principles for distributed systems and object oriented technology
2.Advanced applications and protocols for distributed systems (group protocols, untrusted users)
3.Kerberos authentication system
4.Authentication protocols for distributed systems
5.Secure distributed systems
6.Integrated secure distributed systems


Lectures and project assignment


Recommended prerequisites

Basic and advanced principles of computer security
Security protocols and architectures for wired networks. (Course 2I1503)



  • Anirban Chakrabarti: Grid Computing Security, 3-54044-492-0
  • Yang Xiao: Security in Distributed, Grid, Mobile, and Pervasive Computing, 0-84937-921-0


  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0, grade scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

The student needs to pass both the written exam and the assignment (project). The final course grade is based on the grade of the written exam.

Offered by

ICT/Communications Systems


Peter Sjödin (psj@kth.se)


Supplementary information


Add-on studies

Principles of Computer Security (IV2024)
Computer Networks Security (IV2020)


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2009.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.