Spring 2022 - CMPT 786 G100

Cloud and Network Security (3)

Class Number: 5553

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

    Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby



The course covers network attacks as well as techniques to defend against them. This includes protocol-specific attacks (e.g., TCP/IP and BGP) and generic attacks (e.g., Denial of Service); infrastructure topics such as centralized control, SDN, virtualization, NFV, intrusion detection; and new technologies related to containers, IoT, access, 5G.


Many of the most dangerous attacks on computer systems involve exploitation of the network infrastructure. In this course, we will explore different network attacks as well as techniques to defend against them. This course covers protocol-specific attacks (e.g., BGP) and generic attacks (e.g., Denial of Service); infrastructure topics such as centralized control, Software Defined Networking (SDN), virtualization, Network Function Virtualization (NFV), intrusion detection; and new technologies related to cloud, containers, IoT, access, 5G, and blockchain security. We will discuss various network attacks and vulnerable traffic flows, and reason about the security guarantees of the network, and design of secure networked systems.


  • Brief review of network infrastructure, layers and applications, software-defined networking
  • Network Security and Possible Attacks
  • Operational Network Security
  • Cloud Security
  • Special Topics: Blockchain, Network Forensics


  • Assignments 25%
  • Midterm 10%
  • Final Exam 25%
  • Final Project 40%


Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).



Reference Books:
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, James Kurose and Keith Ross, Pearson, 2021, 9780135928608, 8th Edition

Computer Security: A Hands-on Approach, Wenliang Du, 2019, 978-1733003933, 2nd Edition

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.