Undergraduate course

Security in Distributed Systems

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to applied computer security. Well-known attacks on computer systems and their corresponding mitigation techniques are discussed. A special emphasis is placed on authentication systems, in particular public-key infrastructures. Security mechanisms described in wireless communication standards are also considered.

Learning Outcomes

After completing INF143 - Computer security, the student should be able to

  • Explain attacks on computer systems and discuss mitigation techniques,
  • Describe and compare different authentication techniques,
  • Discuss security mechanisms in wireless communication standards.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Submittance of report/essay

Forms of Assessment

Submittance of report/essay. Oral exam. If the course has many participants, there can be written exam (three hours).

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Subject Overlap

INF248: 10 sp. I248: 10 sp

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Semester thesis and one written exam

    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline