CS6501/ECE6502: Network Security and Privacy, Spring 2022

Course Description

This course investigates security and privacy issues that stem from the Internet infrastructure. We will cover topics such as BGP security, DNS security, DDoS attacks, and anonymous communications. We will also look at various mechanisms to secure the Internet infrastructure as well as privacy enhancing technologies. Note that this course will involve literature review and paper presentation/discussion.


No formal prerequisites, but assumes basic familiarity with programming in languages like C and Python. Some background in computer networks (e.g., equivalence of CS4457) will be helpful.

Course Schedule

Dates Topic Paper Notes
Thu 1/20 Intro/Network Architecture - Classes start
Tue 1/25 HTTP and TLS -
Thu 1/27 TCP/UDP -
Tue 2/1 Addressing and Naming -
Thu 2/3 Control plane (routing) -
Tue 2/5 Data plane (forwarding) -
Thu 2/10 Internet scanning ZMap Paper reading starts
Tue 2/15 Routing attack SICO
Thu 2/17 Routing defense Path-end validationHW1 due on Sunday
Tue 2/22 DDoS/Botnet Mirai
Thu 2/24 TCP attacks Attack discovery
Tue 3/1 DNS attacks Cache poisoning
Thu 3/3 DNS defense DNSSEC
Tue 3/8 (Spring break) - HW2 due on Monday
Thu 3/10 (Spring break) -
Tue 3/15 Certificates Certificate Transparency
Thu 3/17 Malware/APT Nazca Project team/proposal due on Saturday
Tue 3/22 Anomaly detection Bro
Thu 3/24 Secure programmable dataplane Poseidon
Tue 3/29 Anonymity systems Tor
Thu 3/31 Fingerprinting k-fingerprinting
Tue 4/5 Censroship measurement ICLab
Thu 4/7 Censorship circumvention Telex
Tue 4/12 Online tracking Online tracking
Thu 4/14 Future Internet SCION Paper reading ends
Tue 4/19 Project presentation
Thu 4/21 Project presentation
Tue 4/26 Project presentation
Thu 4/28 Project presentation
Tue 5/3 Project presentation


Late Policy

All assignments are due via Collab at 11:59pm on the due date.

Communication and Logistics

There is no textbook for the course that you need to purchase. We will distribute materials as needed.

There are several sites for the course that you can utilize:

Please direct all course-related questions to Piazza (or go to office hours). If you want to discuss other topics or have personal/team issues that can and should only be handled by a professor, please email me directly (ys3kz).