Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-637: Wireless Security




With the surge of mobile device use, embedded system deployment, and development of always-connected devices, the underlying wireless communication and network systems are becoming more critical for everyday use. Even though security and privacy have emerged as important focus areas for modern technology, the wireless links that connect our pervasive devices are still less understood from the perspectives of security and privacy than other system aspects. This course will focus on the challenges in providing secure communication and network services in a variety of wireless systems and current and past approaches to manage these challenges. Topic coverage will include vulnerabilities, attacks, security mechanisms, and trade-offs at various layers of the network protocol stack, from aspects of physical communication to application and service security issues; examples include jamming, MAC-layer misbehavior, selective packet dropping, decentralized trust and reputation, and cross-layer holistic attacks. Systems of interest include (but are not limited to) personal devices, connected vehicles, embedded and IoT systems, wireless infrastructure, and ad hoc networks. Class material will be largely based on recent and current research. In addition to individual homework assignments, students will participate in an intensive group project involving significant research, development, and experimentation. Graduate standing is required to register for this course.

In Spring 2019 this course is broadcast from the Silicon Valley campus. ECE Pittsburgh students attend classes synchronously with students in Silicon Valley.

Prerequisites: (18-730 or 18-631 or 14741 or 15330 or 18-330) and (15641 or 18-741 or 18-441 or 14760 or 18-756 or 14740)

Last Modified: 2019-11-04 12:48PM

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2020
  • Spring 2019
  • Spring 2017
  • Spring 2016
  • Spring 2015
  • Spring 2014