Mobile Systems Security (with Aalto)

Networking and Services
Advanced studies
Students taking this course will get a broad understanding of platform security techniques used in mobile devices today and will be exposed to open problems and research issues in this area. The course consists of six sessions plus an optional lecture. The first lecture will cover the fundamentals and background needed to understand platform security in general. Subsequent lectures will cover hardware and software platform security techniques and usability aspects of mobile platform security in particular and mobile security in general. Students will have weekly written homework exercises. In addition a student can either choose to do programming assignments or write a survey paper on an assigned topic. Evaluation will be based on homework exercises and the programming assignments or survey. Pre-requisite: Cryptography in networking (582749) or equivalent undergraduate course in security and/or cryptography. There will be no exam.
Year Semester Date Period Language In charge
2016 spring 12.01-10.04. 3-4 English N. Asokan


Time Room Lecturer Date
Tue 10-12 C220 N. Asokan 12.01.2016-10.04.2016

Exercise groups

Group: 1
Time Room Instructor Date Observe
Thu 12-14 TU6 (Aalto) 14.01.2016—07.04.2016 TU6 is located in TUAS-building, Aalto University (Otaniementie 17)

Registration ends on January 11 2016!

Pre-requisite: Cryptography in Networking (582749) or equivalent undergraduate course in security and/or cryptography.


This course is conducted jointly with Aalto University. Lectures conducted on Tuesday mornings (10-12) are expected to be (to be confirmed!) streamed using a video conference channel between Otaniemi (lecture hall T3 in the CS building in Otaniemi, Konemiehentie 2) and Kumpula (Room C 220 in Exactum building). Note: If video-streaming turns out to be not possible due to technical reasons, lectures will only take place in Otaniemi).

Exercise sessions are conducted at Aalto University, on Thursday mornings (10-12), in Otaniemi (T3 in CS building, Konemiehentie 2).

Registration for this course will be open from December 7th, 2015 and end on January 3rd, 2016. Registration link is available in the Department system (course list for registration) only for this duration.

The course wiki will be used as the primary course information source.

There is a direct bus (number 506, direction Pohjois-Tapiola) to go from Kumpula campus (bus stop A.I. Virtasen aukio (3596)), University of Helsinki to CS building in Otaniemi, Aalto University (bus stop Alvar Aallon puisto, Laituri 11 (E2229)). Check HSL website for bus timetable or use their journey planner service.