Department of Information & Communication Systems Engineering
University of the Aegean

Department of Information
& Communication Systems Engineering

Information & Communication Systems Security
Information Systems
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Computer & Communication Systems
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Mobile and Wireless Networks Security

Title: Mobile and Wireless Networks Security
Lesson Code: 321-10753
Semester: 8
Theory Hours: 3
Lab Hours:
Faculty: Kambourakis Georgios
Content outline

- Introduction to wireless networks security: Wired vs. wireless network security, categories of Threats and the OSI model, Vulnerabilities, Countermeasures, Security architectures.

- IEEE 802.11 standard security issues: Authentication and authorization mechanisms, Confidentiality and Integrity, pre-RSNA protocols (WEP), TSNs (TKIP), RSNA (802.11i), Key management, Threat analysis and case studies.

- Cellular networks security (3GPP): GSM/GPRS/UMTS/LTE security issues, Network access and Authentication mechanisms, Key hierarchy and administration, Encryption, Integrity and user Privacy, Inter and Intra-network security, classification of attacks.

Learning outcomes

This course covers the major security and privacy topics in wireless and mobile networking. The main learning objectives of this course are:

- To conceptualize the idiosyncrasies of wireless terrain in terms of security and privacy.

- Τo impart state-of-the-art technologies of wireless network security.

- Τo analyse the various categories of threats, vulnerabilities, countermeasures in the area of wireless and mobile networking.

- Τo familiarize students with the issues and technologies involved in designing a wireless system that is robust against attack.

The course considers basic security topics and technologies in the following standards: 3GPP GSM/UMTS/LTE, IEEE 802.11. The emphasis is put on the security issues of MAC and upper layers. The aforementioned objectives are fulfilled through course lectures, paper readings, and projects.


Not required.

Basic Textbooks

- Kambourakis, G., Gritzalis, S., Katsikas, S., Wireless and Mobile Communication Networks Security: Security in Autonomous and Heterogeneous environments - Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, 802.16, UMTS, 2006, Athens, Greece, Papasotiriou Pubs. (in Greek).
- Forsberg, D., Horn, G., Moeller, W. D., Niemi, V, LTE Security, Wiley, 2011.
- Niemi, V., Nyberg, K., UMTS Security, Wiley, 2003.
- Hardjono, T., Dondeti, L. R., Security in Wireless LANs and MANs, Artech House, 2005.
- Maxim, M., Pollino, D., Wireless Security, RSA Press, 2002.
- Osterhage, W., Wireless Security, CRC Press, 2011.
- Boudriga, N., Security of Mobile Communications, Auerbach Publications, 2009.
- Nakhjiri, M., AAA and Network Security for Mobile Access: Radius, Diameter, EAP, PKI and IP Mobility, Wiley, 2005.
- Aissi, S., Dabbous, N., Prasad, A. R., Security for Mobile Networks and Platforms, Artech House, 2006.
- Buttyan, L., Hubaux, J.-P., Security and Cooperation in Wireless Networks: Thwarting Malicious and Selfish Behavior in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
- Cayirci, E., Rong, C., Security in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks, Wiley, 2009.
- Kambourakis G., Shabtai A., Kolias C., Damopoulos D. (Eds.), Intrusion Detection and Prevention for Mobile Ecosystems, CRC Press, 2017.

Additional References

- IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Press.
- IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE press. - Wireless Personal Communications, Wliey.
- ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security.
- IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.
- IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine.
- Computers & Security, Elsevier. - International Journal of Information Security, Springer.
- Security and Communication Networks, Wiley.
- Journal of Information Security and Applications, Elsevier.
- IET Information Security, IET.
- Ad Hoc Networks, Elsevier.
- Computer Networks, Elsevier.
- Computer Communications, Elsevier.
- Wireless Networks, Springer.
- Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (JWCN), Hindawi/Springer.
- Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Wiley.

Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

I. Written examination (50%), which includes:

- Multiple choice questions,
- Short-answer questions
- Problem solving.

II. Project (40%)

III. Class presentation (10%)

Assessment/Grading Methods
Activity Semester workload
Lectures 39 hours

Personal study 83 hours
Final exams 3 hours
Course total 125 hours (5 ECTS)
Language of Instruction
Greek, English (for Erasmus students)
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