Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

Network Security in Practice (Wintersemester 2020/2021)

Dozent: Dr. Feng Cheng (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme) , Pejman Najafi (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.-20.11.2020
  • Lehrform: Seminar / Projekt
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 14

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • ISAE: Internet, Security & Algorithm Engineering
    • HPI-ISAE-T Techniken und Werkzeuge
  • ISAE: Internet, Security & Algorithm Engineering
    • HPI-ISAE-K Konzepte und Methoden
  • ISAE: Internet, Security & Algorithm Engineering
    • HPI-ISAE-S Spezialisierung
  • OSIS: Operating Systems & Information Systems Technology
    • HPI-OSIS-K Konzepte und Methoden
  • OSIS: Operating Systems & Information Systems Technology
    • HPI-OSIS-T Techniken und Werkzeuge
  • OSIS: Operating Systems & Information Systems Technology
    • HPI-OSIS-S Spezialisierung
  • IT-Systems Engineering
    • HPI-ITSE-E Entwurf
  • IT-Systems Engineering
    • HPI-ITSE-K Konstruktion
Data Engineering MA
Digital Health MA
Cybersecurity MA


Nowadays security issues of modern IT infrastructures, devices, and applications have been more and more frequently shown as the headlines of news or reports on the media. Billions of money has been invested every year for researching, developing, and deploying security solutions. The goal of this seminar is to investigate in a deeper manner how the security issues look like and how the security approaches work in practice. Students are expected to work in a small team with up to 2 members on a topic from the following list

  1. Threat Intelligence for Security Analytics
  2. IoT Security: Home Automation, Vehicle, ...
  3. Security Architecture: Virtualization, Containerization, and Cloud Automation (unavailable)
  4. Security of Mobile OSes and Apps
  5. Network Scanning and Monitoring
  6. Complex Attacks and APT (unavailable)
  7. SSH Tunneling and Virtual Private Network (VPN) (unavailable)
  8. Web Security: SSL/TLS, Web Application Firewall (WAF), ... (unavailable)
  9. Password Security and new Authentication Methods
  10. Email Security: Signature, Encryption, Spamming, Phishing, ...
  11. Graph Analytics for Cybersecurity (NEW)
  12. The topic proposed by you

Important Notices:

  1. Due to the limit of capacity, we can only offer max. 14 positions for this course.If you have the interest, please simply pick up a topic from this list and shoot it to feng.cheng AT hpi.de NOW (First Come First Serve)
  2. Considering the current situation of Covid-19 as well as the room assigned to us, we will carry out the first session purely on Zoom. Try to get the access information using "Awx3VQDmAlN2AGD1" / "AGD2AQR3AGL=" (drop me a line if you have something achieved or have no clues at all ;-) )


  • Basic knowledge but great interest in new networking and security technologies
  • Satisfied hands-on skills and engineering capabilities


  • Internet


  • Presentation/Demonstration and technical report
    • Phase I (40%):
      • Presentation (research): 30%
      • Demonstration (implementation): 10%
    • Phase II (40%)
      • Presentation (design + architecture + experiments + analysis): 30%
      • Demonstration (implementation): 10%
    • Technical Report: (20%)
      • Project management, final deliverable, report, ...
  • The detailed evaluation may slightly differ from team to team depending on the selected topic


  • 09.11.2020: 9am Introductory Session, ZOOM
    • Due to the time conflict with the HPI WS20/21 Assembly, we start the seminar from the second week of the new semester.
    • The first session will be purely running via Zoom on Nov. 09., 2020!
  • 13.11.2020: Subscription Deadline: Topic Selection and Team Building
  • CW 47: Topic Introduction and Assignment (Individual Meeting)
  • The detailed plan/instructions will be available on the Seminar Gitlab (invitation-only access)