UNIK4250 – 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


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Recommended previous knowledge

Basic programming, computer communication, mathematics.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with UNIK9250 – Sikkerhet i distribuerte systemer (continued)


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


Mandatory assignments and a final, oral exam. If there is are many students, there may be given a written exam instead.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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