389.159 Network Security
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

- explain basic concepts of network security
- describe how cryptographic methods work (including RSA, ElGamal, Diffie-Hellman, Elliptic Curve Cryptography)
- solve arithmetic problems on cryptographic methods
- describe and apply methods of anomaly detection
- use selected network data analysis and anomaly detection tools to analyze network data for different questions

Subject of course

Security objectives in communication networks, threats and attack techniques, cryptography (basic  concepts, selected topics), security concepts for communication protocols, network supervision techniques, network data analysis, anomaly detection methods, practical exercises.

Teaching methods

In the summer semester 2022 the course will be held in presence. If the corona situation demands it, the course will be switched to distance learning mode

Mode of examination


Additional information

The first lecture will start on Tuesday, March 1 at 13:15 in EI2.

Please use the following email address if you have any questions: nsvu@tuwien.ac.at



Course dates

Tue13:00 - 15:0001.03.2022 - 28.06.2022EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Network Security - Single appointments
Tue01.03.202213:00 - 15:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Tue08.03.202213:00 - 15:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Tue15.03.202213:00 - 15:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Tue22.03.202213:00 - 15:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Tue29.03.202213:00 - 15:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Tue05.04.202213:00 - 15:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Tue26.04.202213:00 - 15:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Tue28.06.202213:00 - 15:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT Vorlesung

Examination modalities

Theory part: written exam (in presence)

Lab part: lab report in TUWEL and lab review (oral exam).

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
07.02.2022 00:00 28.03.2022 23:59 28.03.2022 23:59



Slides will be made available to registered students in TISS. The slides contain all information required to pass the exam.

The following links provide additional information about the topics. Links to further sources (papers, etc.) about specific topics will be given in the lectures.

Introduction to Network Security

  • Mark Stamp: Information Security: Principles and Practice John Wiley & Sons, 2011
  • Cheswick, Bellovin, Rubin: Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker, Second Edition, Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition, 2003
  • Kaufman, Perlman, Speciner: Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World, Prentice Hall; 2 edition, 2002
Introduction to Cryptography
  • Goldwasser, Bellare: Lecture Notes on Cryptography, July 2008 (available at http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~mihir/papers/gb.pdf)


Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge about communication networks, especially IP networks (e.g., from VO Communication Networks 1)