Course Number
Next Offered
Spring 2024
Primary Program
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Format
Online, Onsite, Virtual Live

This course covers concepts and issues pertaining to network security and network security architecture and evolving virtualization and related cloud computing security architecture. Topics include mini cases to develop a network security context. For example, we will assess the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) unified information security framework. This framework is supported by information security standards and guidance, such as a risk management framework (RMF) and continuous monitoring (CM) process. Applied cryptography and information security—encryption algorithms, hash algorithms, message integrity checks, digital signatures, security assessment and authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA), security association, and security key management (generation, distribution, and renewal)—are discussed with consideration given to emerging cryptographic trends, such as SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Networks). This course presents network and network security architecture viewpoints for selected security issues, including various security mechanisms, different layers of wired/wireless security protocols, different types of security attacks and threats and their countermeasures or mitigation, Next Generation Network (NGN) security architecture that supports the merging of wired and wireless communications, and Internet Protocol version 6 implementation and transition. The course concludes with more comprehensive cases that consider network security aspects of virtualization and cloud computing architecture.

Course Prerequisite(s)

EN.605.202 Data Structures; EN.695.601 Foundations of Information Assurance and EN.605.671 Principles of Data Communications Networks or EN.635.611 Principles of Network Engineering.

Course Offerings


Network Security

01/22/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon 4:30 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.
Kossiakoff Center K221
Notes: This course uses the Virtual Live format. It combines the face-to-face class held at APL (section .3VL) with remote students participating online through live web-conferencing. You may choose to attend in-person/on-site or remotely or both. Students who wish to enroll and attend in Virtual Live courses in-person/on-site at the Applied Physics Lab, COVID-19 and Flu vaccination compliance is mandatory for enrollment in this course. All students must upload proof of vaccination or request and receive an exemption in the Vaccination Management System ( prior to the start of class.
Spring 2024
Course Format
Virtual Live
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Materials