Communication Software and Cyber Security


Cloud and Cybersecurity study line

Development and analysis of applications in a communication context. This includes cloud systems, software-defined networks and security.

Purpose and Content

While traditional software developers focus “just” on the application requirements from a user perspective, careful design of innovative and advanced (information and telecommunication-based) services and applications require fundamental understanding of the underlying supporting telecommunication infrastructure and mechanisms, in order to streamline the design and implementation of services and accommodate mutual requirements to fulfil users (final customers, subscribers, operators, or other) expectations. This study line is aimed at students with interest on design, analysis and implementation of telecommunication services and applications, from a cloud-native perspective. The aim is to provide deep understanding of the technological enablers of cloud network environments and the performance implications for applications and services running in and based on such environments (cloud, fog, edge), all within a context of network softwaization and programmability. Other related aspects of service-application deployments, such as interaction and integration of heterogeneous environments, innovation and business models are also of concern.

The trend towards softwarisation of telecommunication functionality is irreversible. This has led to running softwarised versions of networking and services functional entities in virtualized environments, centralized in cloud data centers or distributed to the edges, depending on the application needs (Fog/Edge). This network softwarisation has been accompanied by a parallel trend on network programmability, leveraging techniques such as software defined networking. Together, they have enabled the automation of deployment and operation, and the general management of network architectures and telecommunication services. All this has and is transforming the way services apre provided in the telecommunication and other industries (NFV, DevOs, Infrastructure as Code, etc).

This new softwarised and disaggregated environment extends the surface attack possibilities for cyber crime. The approach to cybersecurity from this study line is therefore very much based on infrastructure and networking security, applied to these new environments, as a new branch of traditional cybersecurity.

The competences for a student following the study line will be a deep understanding as well as practical experience with the techniques and mechanisms underlying these new cloud-based scenarios, and implications on the features and performance of the services supported by them.

Career Profile

New deployment and operation mechanisms for services and applications, based on virtualization and containerization platforms, their networking and troubleshooting will be on demand in any industry in the years to come as (Private/Public/Hybrid) clouds (Cloud/Fog/Edge), microservices , DevOps and Infrastructure-as-Code becomes the defacto operational procedures in different industries. Candidates from this study line will have the understanding of the inner mechanisms and performance implications  of such new environments.

Structure of Studies
This study line requires that the students fulfill the requirements specified in the admission description of the programme in Communication and System Design described in the programme specification.

In addidtion to the compulsory courses and requirements listed in the Curriculum, the following rules apply for this study line:

Course 34370 Cloud Networking (5 ECTS) is mandatory.

For the Technological specialisation courses the student must choose the remaining 25 ECTS within the list below (if total of more than totally 30 ECTS of technological specialisation courses are chosen, they will count in the Electives category).

02233 Network Security 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
34343 Mobile backhaul networks 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
34347 Modelling and simulation of communication networks and protocols 5 point August
34357 Telecommunication services 10 point Autumn E1 (Mon 8-12, Thurs 13-17)
34359 SDN: software-defined networking 5 point Spring F1A (Mon 8-12)
34371 Internet of Things (IoT) Communication Network Security 5 point Autumn E5B (Wed 13-17)

Elective courses 02239 and 34334 (note: B.Sc. level) are recommended.

A recommended study program for each semester is shown below:

Cloud and Cybersecurity_skema

General competences
Technological specialization
Global communication network... Global communication network infrastructure and design
5 point
Intelligent systems
5 point
Telecommunication services
10 point
Advanced Data Networks and Cyber... Advanced Data Networks and Cyber Security
5 point
Project work in Global communication... Project work in Global communication network infrastructure and design
5 point
Cloud Networking
5 point
Mobile backhaul networks
5 point
Network Security
5 point
SDN: software-defined networking
5 point
Modelling and simulation of... Modelling and simulation of communication networks and protocols
5 point
Innovation in Engineering
5 point
Internet of Things (IoT) Communication... Internet of Things (IoT) Communication Network Security
5 point
Access- and home networks
5 point
Data Security
7.5 point
Entrepreneurship in photonics and... Entrepreneurship in photonics and communications
5 point
7.5 point
Master's Thesis
30 point