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

Network Security in Practice (Wintersemester 2021/2022)

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

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.2021 - 22.10.2021
  • Lehrform: Seminar / Projekt
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 12

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. Security Analytics for threat detection
  2. Threat Intelligence for Security Analytics
  3. IoT Security and Security in Edge/Fog Computing: Home Automation, Vehicle, ...
  4. Security of Mobile OSes and Apps
  5. Network Scanning and Monitoring
  6. Complex Attacks and APT
  7. SSH Tunneling and Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  8. Web Security: SSL/TLS, Web Application Firewall (WAF), ...
  9. Email Security: Signature, Encryption, Spamming, Phishing, ...
  10. The topic proposed by you

Important Notices:

  1. Due to the limit of capacity, we can only offer max. 12 positions for this course.If you have the interest, please find a partner and write an email (preferably with the topic you're interested in ) to feng.cheng AT hpi.de NOW (First Come First Serve)
  2. We will carry out the first session hybrid (in room HE. 51 or on Zoom (Access: "Awt3AwV3AGZ2ZwZ=" / "BQRmAwxlZQp=": Drop me a line when you get it or do not have any clues with it;-) ) at 09:15am on 01.11.2021 (Monday).


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


  • 01.11.2021 09:15: Introductory Session, Hybrid: in room HE.51 and via ZOOM.
    • Due to the time/space conflict, we will carry out the first session in the second week of the winter semester 2021/22.
    • Zoom access: "Awt3AwV3AGZ2ZwZ=" / "BQRmAwxlZQp=": Drop me a line when you get it or do not have any clues with it;-)
  • 01.11.2021 Subscription Deadline: Topic Selection and Team Building
  • CW44 Topic Introduction and Assignment (Individual Meeting via f2f or zoom)
  • Deliverables:(stc)
    • 1. Presentation: 03.01.2022 (Mo.), 9 a.m. H-E.51/52
    • 2. Presentation: 07.03.2022 (Mo.), 9 a.m. H-E.51/52
    • Technical report: 31.03.2022 (Th.), 9 a.m.(per Email)
  • The detailed plan/instructions will be available on the Seminar Gitlab (invitation-only access)