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An Introduction to

Cellular Security

Creator:     Joshua Franklin

License:    Creative Commons: Attribution, Share-Alike, Non-Commercial


Class Prerequisites:

1. Basic understanding of networks and network protocols

2. Familiar with core cryptographic concepts

3. Basic knowledge of information security

4. Basic understanding of physics

Lab Requirements: None

Class Textbooks:

Wireless Crash Course: Third Edition, by Paul Bedell

LTE Security: Second Edition, by Dan Forsberg, Gunther Horn, Wolf-Dietrich Moeller, Valtteri Niemi

LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband: 2nd edition, by Dahlman, Erik, Parkvall, Stefan and Skold, Johan

Note: The Wireless Crash Course and LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband books do not focus on security. They primarily discuss the LTE network architecture and associated standards.

Recommended Class Duration: 1 day

Creator Available to Teach In-Person Classes: Yes

Author Comments:

This course is intended to demonstrate the core concepts of cellular network security. Although the course discusses GSM, UMTS, and LTE - it is heavily focused on LTE. The course first introduces important cellular concepts and then follows the evolution of GSM to LTE. 

Course Objectives:

- Become familiar with the GSM, UMTS, and LTE family of cellular standards

- Be introduced to spectrum allocation and antennas

- Learn the security architecture of cellular networks

- Be introduced to how cellular networks have been hacked in the past

Special thanks all who reviewed the content for public release.

Class Materials

Slides (117 slides)

Instructor giving a presentation which covers some of the class material:


Revision History:

01-22-2014 - Initial class content upload

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