Security in Media Communications

Name of module

Security in Media Communications

Credit Points (ECTS)



Person Responsible for Module (Name, Mail address)

Vilmos Simon,


Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)


Department of Networked Systems and Services

1. Prerequisites for Participation

Bachelor level knowledge and skills in computer networks and algorithms.

2. Intended Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully finished this module
  • can understand the security and privacy problems and their stat-of-the-art solutions in the field of media communications (a)
  • are capable to analyze and design security architectures and protocols for different media communication applications (b)

3. Content

Cryptography overview, key exchange methods, random number generation, tamper resistant hardware, broadcast authentication and encryption, trusted computing, digital rights management, watermarking, PayTV security, VoIP security, privacy enhancing techniques

4. Teaching and Learning Methods

3h lectures weekly

homework assignments

5. Assessment and Grading Procedures

Oral exam at the end. Solving the homework assignments as a perquisite. Final grade depends on both the exam and the result of the homework assignments (50-50%)

6. Workload calculation (contact hours, homework, exam preparation,..)

3 weekly contact hours x 15 weeks = 45 h
2 homework assignments, each 25 h = 50 h
Exam preparation: 25 h

Total: 120 h

7. Frequency and dates

Offered every fall semester. Classes start in September and end mid December. Exam in first three weeks of January.

8. Max. Number of Participants


9. Enrolment Procedures

See home page of the Faculty.

10. Recommended Reading, Course Material

  • Wenjun Zeng, Heather Yu, Ching-Yung Lin, Multimedia Security Technologies for Digital Rights Management, ACADEMIC PRESS, 2006.