Mobile Internet Security



The main objective of this course is to study and analyse the security of mobile and wireless networks. These networks integrate heterogeneous technologies, provide a wide range of multimedia services regardless of the users’ location, and implement the concept of the mobile internet.

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Determine the security requirements of a wireless networked system.
  • Analyse potential threats / risks that may affect the operation, effectiveness, efficiency and privacy of a wireless networked system.
  • Design security mechanisms and protocols that meet well-defined requirements and protect against specific threats.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of a wireless network security architecture by identifying potential weaknesses and limitations.
  • Understand the current research trends and assess their impact in the forthcoming years.

Course Contents

  • Introduction to mobile/wireless security, mobile Internet security, security requirements and challenges.
  • Wireless local area networks (WLANs) security, substantial weaknesses and possible attacks.
  • The security standard IEEE 802.11i; basic mechanisms and security services.
  • Security in wireless infrastructureless networks (ad hoc networks, Internet of things).
  • GSM and GPRS security.
  • UMTS security.
  • Wireless metropolitan area networks (WiMAX) security.
  • Security in wireless community network.
  • Security in Long Term Evolution (LTE).
  • Android and iOS operating systems security.
  • Stefanos Gritzalis, Tom Karygiannis and Charalabos Skianis (editors) (2009): Security and Privacy in Mobile and Wireless Networking, Troubador Publishing Ltd, February 2009.
  • Yan Zhang, Jun Zheng and Miao Ma, (editors): Handbook of Research on Wireless Security, Information Science Reference, February 2008.
  • Instructor Notes.


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