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Security in Fixed and Wireless Networks

Guenter Schaefer, Michael Rossberg
  • Foundations & Protocols
  • Mobile & Wireless Communications
  • Protection of Communications Infrastructures

624 pages

October 2016

£75.00 / €93.80 / ISBN 978-1-119-04074-3



With our modern society' s increased dependence on information technology and communication networks, the subject of network security is developing into a crucial base technology and most people working in the networking and information technology business will need to know the basics of fixed and wireless network security. This book gives a firm introduction into the field covering the fundamentals of data security technology and explaining in-depth how they are applied in communication networks.

  • Approaches network security from the wireless as well as the computer networking side.
  • Concentrates on the core networking issues (first 4 layers up to the transport layer).
  • Helps the reader to understand the risks of a lack of security in a network & how to prevent it.
  • Brings security in networks up to date by covering wireless and mobile security issues.
  • Includes security issues around hot topics such as wireless LANs (e.g. IEEE 802.11), AAA (authentication, authorization, and accounting), and GSM/UMTS/LTE.
  • Illustrates complicated security concepts with exercises and features an extensive glossary.

An essential reference tool for graduate students of computer science, electrical engineering and telecommunications who need to learn the basics of network security. Also, professionals working in data- & telecommunications will also benefit from the book as it gives a self-contained introduction to the basics of network security: network managers, engineers, IT managers.

The following topics are covered:


  • Basic Terminology of Information Security and Cryptology
  • Symmetric Encryption
  • Asymmetric Cryptographic Algorithms
  • Modification Check Values
  • Secure Random Number Generation
  • Cryptographic Protocols
  • Access Control
  • Secure Group Communication

Network Security

  • Integration of Security Services into Networking Architectures
  • Link Layer Security Protocols
  • Internet Security Architecture (IPsec)
  • Transport Layer Security Protocols

Wireless and Mobile Communications

  • Mobility Challenges
  • Wireless Local Area Networks (IEEE 802.11)
  • Mobile Wide Area Networks (GSM, UMTS, LTE)

    Protection of Communications Infrastructures

    • Denial-of-Service Attacks
    • Routing Security
    • Secure Name Resolution
    • Firewalls
    • IDS

    Sample Chapters

    Sample Chapters

    Excerpts are available on Google Books.



    The following PDF files contain the English course slides of the lectures "Network Security" and "Protection of Communications Infrastructures", held regularly at Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany

    01 - IntroIntroduction and Overview
    02 - CryptoBasicsBasic of Cryptography
    03 - SymmetricCryptoSymmetric Cryptography
    04 - AsymmetricCryptoAsymmetric Cryptography
    05 - ModificationCheckModification Check Values
    06 - RandomNumbersRandom Number Generation
    07 - CrytoProtocolsCryptographic Protocols
    08 -  SecureGroupCommunicationSecure Group Communication
    09 - AccessControlAccess Control
    10 - IntegrationIntegrating Security Services into Communications Architectures
    11 - Layer2SecuritySecurity Protocols of the Data Link Layer
    12 - IPsecThe IPsec Architecture for the Internet Protocol
    13 - TransportLayerSecuritySecurity Protocols of the Transport Layer
    14 - MobileSecuritySecurity Aspects of Mobile Communications
    15 - WlanSecuritySecurity of Wireless Local Area Networks
    16 - GsmUmtsSecurity of GSM, UMTS, and LTE Networks

    Slides (Lecturers)

    Slides (Lecturers)

    Teaching staff of public academic institutions may contact the authors via Email in order to get access to the PowerPoint files of the course slides in order to be able to modify them according to their purposes. However, all rights on the material are reserved by the authors, and people are asked not to distribute PowerPoint source files of the material and to reference the authors appropriately.

    PowerPoint slides

    About the Authors

    About the Authors

    Günter Schäfer studied computer science at Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany, from 1989 to 1994. Between 1994 and 1999, he was researcher at the Institute of Telematics, Universitaet Karlsruhe. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree (1998) he worked at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris, France (1999 - 2000). Between 2000 and 2005, he was a researcher at Technische Universitaet Berlin in the Telecommunication Networks Group. Since 2005 he is full professor of computer science at the Technische Universität Ilmenau, leading the Telematics/Computer Networks research group. His research interests lie in the areas of network security, networking protocols, mobile communications, and innovative communication services/architectures, and he regularly gives courses on network security, networking subjects and basics of computer science (programming, algorithms etc.).

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    Michael Rossberg studied computer science at Technische Universitaet Ilmenau, Germany, from 2002 to 2007. Since 2007 he is a researcher at the Telematics/Computer Networks research group. In 2011 he obtained his Ph.D. in computer science with a thesis on peer-to-peer-based auto-configuration of large scale IPsec VPNs. His research interests lie in network security, resilience against denial-of-service attacks, and performance evaluation/optimization. Since December 2013 he serves as a lecturer – also in the Telematics and Computer Networks research group.