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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. Graduate students in CPSC626 are expected to attend lectures, but are evaluated in a completely different way from students registered in CPSC526.

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)


CPSC 626


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.F2015/Lecture Notes

This section contains the class session notes.

Tutorial Schedule

Here is the (tentative) schedule of tutorial topics.

Courses/Computer Science/CPSC 526.F2015/Tutorial_Schedule

Question of the Day (QoD)

We'll keep track of the "Questions of the day" in this file:

Misc Links and Security "In the News"