Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-637A: Wireless Network Security




With communication and network services and applications increasingly leveraging wireless media, the importance of information and network security in the wireless domain continues to grow. The challenges of providing secure communication and network services are considerably more difficult in wireless environments than in traditional wired systems (e.g., the Internet), so the focus of the course will be purely wireless environments such as wireless ad hoc, mesh, and sensor networks. Coverage will focus on wireless vulnerabilities and attacks at various layers of the protocol stack, spanning the stack from aspects of physical communication to application and service security issues. Focus will be placed on securing the operation and performance of wireless networks, with less emphasis on information security. Topics include MAC-layer misbehavior; selective packet dropping, modification, and insertion; jamming; distributed trust in ad hoc environments; reputation systems; and cross-layer attacks. 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.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and (18-631 or 18-730 or 14-741) and (14-740 or 18-756 or 15-641)

Last Modified: 2015-03-12 3:33PM

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2016
  • Spring 2015
  • Fall 2014
  • Spring 2014
  • Spring 2013
  • Fall 2011