TEK9500 – Security in Distributed Systems

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Course content

The course focuses on security in networks and distributed systems, and gives a short introduction to cryptography. The threats against distributed systems are covered, as well as applicable methods, technologies and standards to protect against these threats.

Learning outcome

After taking the course you will:

  • understand the threats against distributed systems and how to protect against them
  • have a foundation for designing and developing secure distributed systems, and for evaluating the security of existing solutions
  • have knowledge of standards, security protocols, technologies, principles, methods and cryptographic mechanisms applicable for securing modern distributed systems
  • have knowledge of common mistakes leading to insecurities in distributed systems
  • have knowledge of recent research in the field

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Basic programming, computer communication, mathematics.

Overlapping courses


3 hours lectures every week. Mandatory assignments must be delivered and approved before the candidate may stand for the exam.


A final, oral exam will count for 100 % of the final grade. In case of many students, a written exam may be held instead.

The course has a mandatory assignment that must be approved in order to take the final exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 20, 2022 3:48:24 AM

Facts about this course


The course is last held spring 2019


Examination is last held spring 2021

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)