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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS7053
Module NameSecurity of Networks and Distributed Systems
Module Short Title
Semester Taught
Contact Hours

30 hours lectures.

Module PersonnelDr Stephen Farrell
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Describe the most commonly used security protocols (e.g. TLS, Keberos);
  • Analyse cryptographic services in sufficient detail as to recognise which services to apply;
  • explain risk and issues around disclosure.
Learning Aims

The objectives of this module are: to gain a realistic understanding of risk, as it applies in distributed systems; to understand the main tools available to control risk from and how to use those whether as a designer, operator, user or security analyst; and to enable the student to form opinions about issues such as full disclosure, some aspects of IPR (e.g. parts of DRM).

Module Content

Lecture materials:

Recommended Reading List

Materials on website. (Copies of RFCs, papers, etc.)

Module Prerequisites

Basic networking and programming

Assessment Details

80% exam, 20% coursework

Supplemental 100%

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