Wireless Networks and Security

Course number: 
CIS 3319
Spring 2016

CIS 2107, 2166, and 2168

Slides and handouts will be provided. 

Reference textbooks:

  1. Wireless Communications and Networks, Second Edition, William Stallings, ISBN-10: 0131918354, ISBN- 13: 9780131918351, Prentice Hall.
  2. Network Security Essentials: Applications and Standards, William Stallings, 4th Edition, 2010, ISBN-10:  0136108059; ISBN-13: 978-0136108054 Prentice-Hall
  3. Introduction to Computer Networks and Cybersecurity, by Chwan-Hwa (John) Wu, J. David Irwin, 1st Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1466572133, ISBN-10: 1466572132
Topics covered: 
This course introduces essential wireless networks and security issues, including:
  1. Overview of wireless networking
  2. Introduction to wireless security, types of security attacks, security policies
  3. Symmetric Encryption and Message Confidentiality
  4. Public Key Cryptography
  5. Wireless Local Area Networks and examining wireless LAN vulnerabilities
  6. Understanding WLAN security models, Managing security in wireless devices
  7. Wireless Cellular Networks and Security
  8. Mobile Ad hoc Networks and Security
  9. Wireless Sensor Networks and Security
Course goals: 
Rationale: With today’s increasing number of cyber attacks, security becomes a critical research issue and practical concern. Wireless networks and technologies have been widely used and we have seen tremendous growth of wireless in the recent years. Wireless networks and security are important and very timely topics for computer and information science students.

Educational Objectives:
  1. The students are expected to learn fundamental knowledge of wireless networks, several types of important wireless networks, and wireless network security issues and defenses in the wireless networks and systems.
  2. The students are also expected to learn wireless networks against threats and attacks, encryption techniques to provide privacy and authenticity, and latest wireless security standards to protect wireless data networks.
  3. Finally, they will be able to improve a given latest security issue.
Attendance policy: 
  • Students are expected to attend all classes. If a class is missed for any reason, the student is responsible for finding out the material covered, any assignment and handouts given, and any other announcements made in the class (e.g., exam date). 
  • Homework and other assignments should be submitted at the beginning of the class on the corresponding due date. Late work will be penalized at 5% of its full credit per day. You may discuss homework assignments with classmates but all solutions must be original and individually prepared.
  • No make-up exam will be allowed except in cases of emergencies for which prior permission of the instructor must be taken.
  • Cheating in an exam or an assignment (project, homework) can result in a grade of F in the course.
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (http://www.temple.edu/studentaffairs/disability/accommodations/).
Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities: 
Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The University has a policy on Student and Faculty and Academic Rights and Responsibilities (Policy #03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following http://policies.temple.edu/PDF/99.pdf.