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Network Security

Free Course

Offered at Georgia Tech as CS 6262

Related Nanodegree Program

Introduction to Programming

In collaboration with
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

About this course

The summary for this course comes from the course web site at Georgia Tech. Note that watching this course on Udacity does not count for Georgia Tech credit unless you are enrolled in the Georgia Tech OMSCS program.

This course provides an introduction to computer and network security. Students successfully completing this class will be able to evaluate works in academic and commercial security, and will have rudimentary skills in security research. The course begins with a tutorial of the basic elements of cryptography, cryptanalysis, and systems security, and continues by covering a number of seminal papers and monographs in a wide range of security areas.

Topics covered include network security, authentication, security protocol design and analysis, security modeling, trusted computing, key management, program safety, intrusion detection, DDOS detection and mitigation, architecture/operating systems security, security policy, group systems, biometrics, web security, and other emerging topics.

Most of the course readings will come from seminal papers in the field. Links to these papers will be provided on the course pages. In addition, links to critical reference materials will also be provided.

What you will learn

  1. Large-Scale Attacks
    • DDoS Attacks
    • Malware-Based Attacks, Phishing, & Fraud
    • Underground infrastructures
  2. Testing and Security Assessments
    • Penetration Testing
    • Social Engineering and Human Factors
    • Web Security Models & Security and Internet Protocols
  3. Advanced Topics
    • Evasive and Mobile Malware
    • Botnet detection & Cloud Security
    • Attack-Tolerant Systems

Prerequisites and requirements

To succeed in this course, you should have:

  • Intermediate to advanced programming knowledge
  • Knowledge of basic computer networking principles
  • Knowledge of basic information security principles

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why take this course?

You should take this course if you want to:

  • Understand the importance of network security in the modern technological world.
  • Create systems that are resistant to modern attacks.
  • Follow the latest trends in attack and defense technologies.

Learn with the best.

  • Wenke Lee
    Wenke Lee


  • Catherine Gamboa
    Catherine Gamboa