Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Due to the ubiquitous nature of mobile and wireless technology in our daily lives and business operation, ensuring wireless security is becoming a top priority. This subject explores the security vulnerabilities in wireless networks and cover the fundamental concepts of confidentiality, integrity and availability. The following key concepts will be covered: Wireless LAN Security - Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), Authentication Servers (RADIUS), 802.11i security standard; Securing Ad-Hoc Networks - MAC layer misbehaviour, secure routing protocols, types of attacks and solutions, key management, broadcast authentication. 

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAbdun Mahmood

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed CSE5NEF or CSE5NSF and must be admitted into SMCYC or SMCYL or SMCYB or must obtain subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Produce security risk assessment reports based on the identification and appraisal of various threats and attacks on wireless systems

Students learn about various specific threats to wireless through lectures as well as practical exercises

02. Design solutions based on enterprise security requirements by analysis of the processes of authentication and encryption and examination of wireless security protocols

Detailed analysis of wireless security protocols is covered in lectures. Various protocols are examined in virtual laboratory exercises

03. Critically analyse different wireless network security architectures and apply suitable settings for home, enterprises and public environments

Different wireless security solutions applicable to a number of scenarios are discussed in lectures/modules.

04. Assess and evaluate potential and existing security risk levels and vulnerabilities in wireless systems

Students learn about risk assessment for wireless in lectures.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAbdun Mahmood

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer Laboratory Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours computer laboratory per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two 45 minute online Tests (equivalent to 750 words each)Quizzes consist of a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions.30 01, 02
One Practical assignment (equivalent to 2000 words)20 01, 03, 04
One 2-hour final Exam (2,000 words equivalent)50 03, 04