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COMP9012 - Applied Cryptography

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Title:Applied Cryptography
Long Title:Applied Cryptography
Module Code:COMP9012
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: TIM HORGAN
Module Author: VINCENT RYAN
Module Description: The growth in application of cryptographic methods to computing systems and networks has resulted in a significant increase in the security of these systems. When comprimised, most of these methods are subverted as a result of inappropriate deployment. This module will address both the theoretical and practical aspects of symmetric and public-key cryptography, including cryptanalytic techniques. It integrates the concepts by considering the design of a typical public key infrastructure.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse and model the mathematical foundations to modern cryptographic techniques.
LO2 Critically evaluate modern symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic techniques.
LO3 Appraise the security of deployed cryptographic systems
LO4 Employ modern cryptographic techniques to enhance overall system security.
LO5 Evaluate modern cryptographic techniques, such as Digital Signatures and Hashing.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Mathematical Foundations
Assessing Number Theory, Euclidean Algorithm, Discrete Logs, Galois Fields, irreducible polynomials, Elliptic Curves
Symmetric Cryptography
Examining Feistel, DES, Multiple Encryption, AES, modes of operation, attacks, design issues
Asymmetric Cryptography
Analysing RSA, factoring, ECC, Discrete Log Schemes, Post-Quantum Cryptography, attacks
Ciphers
The One-Time Pad, Psuedo Random Generators, Perfect Secrecy, Security Measures and Definitions, Indistinguishability, Statistical Tests, Semantic Security.
Applied Cryptography
Application of Key Exchange, Diffie-Hellmann, Public Key Infrastructures, examples of how poor implementation has led to insecure systems, SSL/TLS in detail
Related Topics
Discussing Hash Functions, MACs, Digital Signatures, Secret Sharing, Stenography, CryptoCurrencies, BlockChains
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report The objective of this written report will be assess the student's theoretical knowledge of modern cryptographic techniques and the key operational parameters and limitations of both symmetric and asymmetric systems. 1,2,3 50.0 Week 6
Project This project will evaluate the student's knowledge of the material presented during the module 3,4,5 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab to support learning outcomes. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab to support learning outcomes. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • William Stallings 2016, Cryptography & Network Security, 7th edition Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 0134444280]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Adam J. Elbirt 2009, Understanding and Applying Cryptography and Data Security, CRC Press [ISBN: 9781420061604]
  • Christopher Swenson 2008, Modern Cryptanalysis: Techniques for Advanced Code Breaking, Wiley [ISBN: 978-0470135938]
  • Jonathan Katz & Yehuda Lindell 2008, Introduction to Modern Cryptography, Chapman & Hall [ISBN: 978-1584885513]
  • Christof Paar 2010, Understanding Cryptography: A Textbook for Students and Practitioners, Springer [ISBN: 3642041000]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Anand, Dhananjay, Vineeta Khemchandani, and Ratnesh K. Sharma. 2013, Identity-based cryptography techniques and applications (a review)., IEEE Computational Intelligence and Communication Networks (CICN), 2013
  • Saranya, K., R. Mohanapriya, and J. Udhayan. 2014, A Review on Symmetric Key Encryption Techniques in Cryptography., International Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology Research, 539-544., Volume 3
  • Kumar, Shyam Nandan. 2015, Review on Network Security and Cryptography., International Transaction of Electrical and Computer Engineers System, 1-11., Volume 3
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KINSE_9 Master of Science in Information Security 2 Mandatory
CR_KINSY_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Information Security 2 Mandatory

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