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Network Systems Security

CPSC 526 - Network Systems Security

Attacks on networked systems, tools and techniques for detection and protection against attacks including firewalls and intrusion detection and protection systems, authentication and identification in distributed systems, cryptographic protocols for IP networks, security protocols for emerging networks and technologies, privacy enhancing communication. Legal and ethical issues will be introduced.

The lectures for this course run concurrently with CPSC626.

Course Policies

For the complete list of course policies, grading scheme, and tentative list of topics, please refer to the official course outline:


Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World, 2nd Edition by Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, and Mike Speciner

A few supplemental textbooks (not required at all, just further reading or background for those interested)


  • HW1 - 250 points
  • HW2 - 250 points
  • Roving Assignment - 100 points
  • Midterm Exam - 100 points (March 9th)
  • Final Exam - 300 points


We will not use D2L. Instead, we will use Piazza for class communication.

This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TA, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email

Find our class page at:

Lecture Schedule

Please see the University Academic Calendar for important add/drop dates, holidays, etc.

Courses/Computer_Science/CPSC_526.W2015/Lecture Notes

This section contains the class session notes.

Tutorial Schedule

Here is the (tentative) schedule of tutorial topics.

Courses/Computer Science/CPSC 526.W2015/Tutorial_Schedule

Question of the Day (QoD)

  • Jan 14: CryptoPro asks "What is the most practical way to protect a network?"
    • see notes in lecture
  • Jan 16: Beenz asks: "Networks are distributed. Then how do organizations such as NSA or China's censorship agency monitor these distributed networks in a centralized fashion?