IN3210 – Network and Communications Security
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
Network and communications security is an important part of information security: a large portion of IT-related attacks are performed either using network connections or are directed at network infrastructures. .
A majority of modern systems also depend on communication over networks. This course focuses on the application of cryptographic protocols and network protection techniques to secure computer networks and communication.
After completing this course:
you will have knowledge about cryptographic foundations of network and communications security
you will be able to manage cryptographic keys, certificates and crypto parameters
you will understand network/communication security protocols
you will be able to configure network perimeter security and security monitoring
you will have knowledge about security of global, local and wireless networks
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 or Mathematics (S1+S2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
General knowledge about networking and computer security, e.g. IN2140 and IN2120.
- 10 credits overlap with IN4210 – Network and Communications Security.
- 8 credits overlap with TEK5500 – Security in distributed systems (discontinued).
- 8 credits overlap with UNIK4250 – Security in distributed systems (continued).
The course will have:
2 hours of lectures per week (plenary sessions)
2 hours of workshops per week (plenary sessions)
The workshop sessions will be used for seminar talks given by students and practical exercises
Attending the first lecture and the first workshop is mandatory.
The course grade is based on the following assessments:
4 hours individual written digital exam: 70%
Both parts of the exam must be passed and must be passed in the same semester.
The graded report (which counts 30% towards the final grade) will be a short report on a given subject (e.g. "IoT security"; approx. 4 pages per person) written in teams (2 or 3 students).
It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: IN4210 – Network and Communications Security, TEK5500 – Security in distributed systems (discontinued) and UNIK4250 – Security in distributed systems (continued).
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.