MSc ACS: Computer Security
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Computer Science|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course aims to give students a good appreciation of cryptographic techniques, as they have arisen historically, and as they are used today.
Comment on the broad principles underlying cryptography and its applications.
Describe some of the classical cryptographic techniques and their weaknesses.
Describe the principles of the most widely used private key cryptographic schemes.
Describe the principles of the most widely used public key key cryptographic schemes.
- Early cryptography: permutations and substitutions, Vignere, Vernam, one time pads, etc.
- Rotor machines: Enigma and its relatives.
- Case study: Marian Rejewski and the breaking of the German Enigma.
- Modern cryptography, secret key: block cyphers, DES, AES, etc.
- Modern cryptography, public key: Diffie-Hellman, RSA, elliptic curves.
- Message authentication, hash functions.
- Quantum cryptography: quantum key distribution in practice.
- Analytical skills
- Problem solving
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
COMP61411 reading list can be found on the Department of Computer Science website for current students.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Practical classes & workshops||15|
|Independent study hours|
|Richard Banach||Unit coordinator|
Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the Department of Computer Science website for current students.