EEC 693/793 Network Security & Privacy I



Instructor: Dr. Ye Zhu

Office: SH 433

Phone: 216-687-9749


TA: Anil Vikram (

Class Hours: Monday/Wednesday 6:00pm -7:50pm

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 1pm-3pm or by appointment

Class Room: SH309

Class Website:

Prerequsite: EEC584



The course covers theory and practice of network security and privacy. We will first discuss the fundamentals of contemporary cryptography and its application to network services, such as confidentiality, integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation. In the second part of the course we will review security protocols to protect security of IP, common security attacks and defense mechanisns. It time permits, we will discuss advanced topics in network security and privacy area such as anonymous communication and security of wireless sensor networks.

No textbook is required. However it is highly recommended to purchase a copy of the reference book listed below by William Stallings. We will follow the reference book for the first half of the course. A set of research papers will be assigned for the second half of the course. There will be four homework assignments and one term project. The assignments are due on the designated due dates at midnight. No late submissions will be accepted. Please discuss unusual circumstances in advance with the instructor.

A close-book midterm examination will be scheduled in the middle of semester. There is no final examination.



No textbook is required.


Reference book:

Cryptography and Network Security, Fourth Edition by William Stallings

Network Security - Private Communication in a Public World by Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, Mike Speciner




30% Homework, 30% Midterm, 40% class project (10% for presentation)


Scholastic Dishonesty: Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Examinations are meant to measure the knowledge or skill of each individual, so giving or receiving unauthorized assistance during tests and quizzes is cheating. It is assumed that college students know what is honest and what is not. Any identified instances of scholastic dishonesty will be dealt with in accordance with the procedures outlined in the university student rules.


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What am I supposed to know before taking this course


EEC 484/584 Computer Networks or equivalent. I will be assuming that you have knowledge on the following subjects. If you feel unfamiliar with the following topics, please refresh your memory. Some of the following topics will be briefly reviewed in class.


Ÿ        computer networks (TCP/IP, UDP, FTP, Telnet )

Ÿ        distributed systems (RPC, NIS, NFS )

Ÿ        basic knowledge of statistical analysis (common distributions, mean, variance )

Ÿ        system administration (Windows and Linux/Unix)

Course Goals


By the end of this course, students will be able to


Ÿ        List the common threats and vulnerabilities of networked systems

Ÿ        Describe the network security goals, existing network security mechanisms and services

Ÿ        Design defense systems to protect different services

Ÿ        Understand fundamentals of contemporary cryptography and its application to network services, such as confidentiality, integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation

Ÿ        Identify flaws in cryptographic protocols

Ÿ        Design firewall configurations and rules to protect a given network

Ÿ        Explain the basic concepts and general techniques in security auditing and intrusion detection

Ÿ        List common security attacks and correspondent countermeasures