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Computer Engineering MA, Network Security and Management, 6 credits

General data

Code: DT055A
Subject/Main field: Datateknik
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 6
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Information Systems and Technology
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 10/1/2018
Date of change: 10/11/2018
Version valid from: 1/1/2019


The course treats policies, strategies and techniques for reliable management of computer networks. Some of the concepts studied are performance monitoring, fault detection, recovery and configuration. The emphasis is put on network security, including cryptography, privacy, message integrity, intrusion, packet sniffing, spoofing, authentication, authorization, access control and firewalls etc.

Course objectives

After the course the student should be able to
- enumerate and explain the case for network management arising from the complexity of the system,
- understand how network management is involved and affects the overall network design,
- summarize the strength and the weaknesses associated with different approaches to management,
- define the fundamental concepts of cryptography and describe how they work,
- summarize the capabilities and limitations of secure systems,
- demonstrate the use of appropriate management and security tools,
- develop strategy for ensuring appropriate levels of security, and
- discuss and explain the issues that go into the design of a secure network


- Types of management (performance, fault, configuration, accounting, security).
- Management protocols (CMISE/CMIP; SNMP Internet framework for management)
- Monitoring and managing performance (hosts, routers, intrusion detection, RAMON)
- Security threats and attacks (secrecy; message integrity, types of intrusion)
- Cryptography (digital signatures, public and secrete key algorithms, data encryption standards)
- AAA (authorization; authentication and accounting)
- Protection and forensics (security policies, incidents)
- Identity management

Entry requirements

Computer Engineering BA (ABC), 52.5 credits, including TCP/IP Internetworking. Mathematics BA (A), 22.5 credits, including Discrete Mathematics.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course consists of 20 hours of lectures (10%) and 8 laboratory exercises (4%). The rest of the time, 172 hours (86%) is devoted to studying without supervision. This includes the time necessary to prepare for lectures, laboratory work, solve homework problems, and study time.

Examination form

4.0 hp P101: Project with seminars
Grades: A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. A-E are passed and Fx and F are failed.

3.5 hp, Q101: Quiz
Grades: A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. A-E are passed and Fx and F are failed.

Assessment criteria for this subject can be found on

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, Mike Speciner
Title: Network Security,
Edition: senaste, latest
Publisher: Paerson Education

Studiematerial kommer att distribueras under kursens gång, antingen via web eller vid föreläsningstillfällen.

Study material in form of handouts will be distributed via the web page or during the lectures.