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IV2020 Network Security 7.5 credits

An advanced course on security mechanisms in distributed information systems.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IV2020 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Digital signatures
Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Trusted Third Party (TTP)
Message authentication
Network authentication (Kerberos)
Email security
VPN technology (IPSec)
WWW security (SSL/TLS/SET)
Security in Web services

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should:
1) Have a deep and comprehensive understanding of security threats, mechanisms, protocols and services in computer networks.
2) Be able to analyze and evaluate the implementation and functioning of network applications and decide on their suitability from the security point of view.
3) Be able to design and implement applications that provide or use security services in computer networks.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic course in data/computer security, for example 2I1030, 2I1501/IV2018, 2I1278, 2I1273 or IV2036.

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Charles Kaufman, Radia Perlman, Mike Speciner, Radia Perlman, Mike Speciner: Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World (Upplaga: senaste), Pearson Education, 0-13-046019-2

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 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.

Project assignment, (PRO1) 1,5 hp, grading scale Pass/Fail
Written exam, (TEN1) 6 hp, grading scale A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F

Other requirements for final grade

To pass the course, the student needs to pass on both project assignment and the written exam. The final course grade is based on the grade on the written exam.

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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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.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IV2020

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Sead Muftic (

Supplementary information

This course will be replaced from fall 2011 with the course IK2206