Wireless Security

Course Number: 14-814

Department: Information Networking Institute

Location: Pittsburgh

Units: 12

Semester Offered: Spring

Focus on challenges in providing secure communication and network services in a variety of wireless systems (personal, vehicles, embedded/IoT, infrastructure, ad hoc). Topics 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.



Class format

Lecture and project-based

Home department


Target audience

ECE and INI graduate students. 

Background required

Networking, security, and strong programming background

Learning objectives

  • Identify and articulate the inherent vulnerabilities of wireless networking in

several traditional and emerging use cases.

  • Understand the factors to consider and balance in designing wireless systems,

services, and applications.

  • Gain hands-on experience in vulnerability analysis and secure system, service,

or protocol design.

  • Participate in a research project in an emerging area relevant to wireless


Faculty and instructors who have taught this course in the past

Patrick Tague