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Course module: 201700074
Internet Security
Course info
Course module201700074
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. A. Sperotto
Lecturer R.M. van Rijswijk - Deij
dr. A. Sperotto
Contactperson for the course
dr. A. Sperotto
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After completing this course successfully, the student can:
  • Critically discuss, select and compare security mechanisms in communication protocols on the data link, network, transport, and application layer.
  • Identify, compare and discuss several security risks and countermeasures at the networked system level and the web.
  • Understand attacks on web servers.
According to popular movies, a hacker breaks into the FBI systems for breakfast, gets access to a government’s classified information within seconds, and can trace your chat history with just a few clicks of a button. For the most part, those scenarios stay in the movies. But how do network systems prevent these kinds of scenarios from happening?
By following this course, students will gain a basic understanding of the principles behind network security and the working of the main protocols, mechanisms, and techniques in the area of security.

The course consists of three parts:
  1. Internet Security Protocols,
  2. Internet Security Attacks and Defense,
  3. Web security.
In the first part, the following topics will be discussed: WEP/WPA, IPSec, SSH, TLS, and HTTPS. The second part discusses topics like scans, intrusions, DDOS attacks, and firewalls. The last part focuses on web security, including SQL-injection and X-side scripting attacks. 
Teaching method
The course will be organised as a blend of frontal lectures supported by lab assignments in the form of a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC). The course will run in the third quarter. The course will offer guest lectures from industry and academic experts in the field of Internet Security.

The MOOC consists of three modules:
  1. Internet Security Protocols,
  2. Internet Security Attacks and Defence,
  3. Web security.
Weekly exercise and written exam. Weekly exercises via the MOOC platform; the web hacking assignment are those from Certified Secure ( 
A basic understanding of layered communication protocols/systems, as covered in B-CS module 3 Network Systems 202001026 or a reasonably equivalent networking course. 

Introduction, network protocols, IP security, Email security, Web security, secure management, Intruders, Viruses, Firewalls, Privacy
Participating study
Master Computer Science
Participating study
Master Electrical Engineering
Participating study
Master Internet Science and Technology
Required materials
Course material
MOOC platform
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Lecture and Q&A about the MOOC

MOOC platform

Videos and assignments via a MOOC platform, as well as some traditional lectures

Assignments (25%) & written exam (75%)

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