IN4210 – Network and Communications Security

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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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.

Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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
  • you will be able to present a given subject (e.g. "IoT security") in a structured way to others

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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

General knowledge about networking and computer security, e.g. course IN2140 – Introduction to operating systems and data communication and IN2120 – Informasjonssikkerhet

Overlapping courses


The course will have

  • 2 hours per week: lectures (plenary sessions)
  • 2 hours per week: workshops (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:

Both parts of the exam must be passed and must be passed in the same semester

Oral Presentation: students elaborate a given subject (e.g. "IoT security) and present the results (approx.15 min per person) in teams (2 or 3 persons) in the seminar session.

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: IN3210 – Network and Communications SecurityTEK5500 – Security in distributed systems (discontinued), UNIK4250 – Security in distributed systems (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 10, 2020 8:17:18 AM

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