Privacy and Security in Wireless Networks

Course dates – HT – week beginning Monday 28th January 2019 – for Year 1 students
Ivan Martinovic


The purpose of this course is to familiarise students with threats, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures of the existing and upcoming wireless technologies. The covered security topics include an introduction to the main cryptographic concepts (such as symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic primitives and protocols) and their application in securing wireless and mobile networks and systems.


The successful participant will

  • understand the main security principles, cryptographic primitives, and threat models;
  • be able to reason about security protocols and protection techniques, discuss proposed solutions and their limitations;
  • have an overview of the recent advances regarding wireless security research, including lightweight authentication, key management for wireless networks, secure localization and location verification, PHY layer attacks, etc.
  • Security principles
    • General security objectives: authentication, confidentiality, integrity, availability
    • Principles of the symmetric-key and public-key cryptography
  • Security protocols
    • Key distribution, key management, PKI
    • Analysis of some concrete cryptographic protocols
    • Performance vs. security tradeoffs
  • Security in wireless networks and systems
    • Security challenges and threats
    • Architectures and protocols: 2g/3g cellular radio networks, WiFi networks, NFC/RFIDs, sensor networks, etc.
  • Advanced wireless security topics
    • Attacks on wireless communication
    • Jamming/Anti-jamming techniques

Secure localisation and positioning, distance bounding, multilateration



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