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The INI Offers New Spring Course in Network Security and Management

January 07, 2014

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The Information Networking Institute (INI) is offering a new course in network security and management for the Spring 2014 semester. The course will be taught by two instructors, Vyas Sekar, a visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, and Carnegie Mellon's Limin Jia.

Jia is an assistant research professor in the INI and ECE. Jia received her B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University. Her research focuses on formal aspects of security. She is particularly interested in applying language-based security techniques as well as formal logic to model and verify security properties of software systems.

14-817 / 18-817: Special Topics, Network Security and Management is a 12-unit course (prerequisites: 14-740 or 15-64). Managing networks is complicated and it is not easy to configure devices correctly. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a new network paradigm that has the promise to provide a unified single control framework. By decoupling the network control and data planes, SDN architecture brings manageability, scalability, and agility to networks. Using SDN applications,  servers, applications, storage, and networks can be managed uniformly. SDN has been a hot area in networking; many companies are investigating adopting it in their network infrastructures. For instance, Google has deployed SDN within its own data centers. According to the HP's VP of networking, Mike Banic, the SDN market is about to boom, hitting $3bn by 2016.

This course explores SDN and investigates how to enforce security policies using SDN in various application domains. The course includes a semester-long group project. Project topics range, depending on students' interests, from system programming to programming language design and formal verification.

The INI counts this course as an additional core security course for the Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management program, an additional networking and systems core course for the Master of Science in Information Networking program, and as a track course for the Master of Science in Information Technology - Information Security program.

This course will be taught Tuesday/Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. DEC@CIC; and broadcast to CMU-SV, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Pictured above: Limin Jia.