Welcome to the undergraduate course on Systems Security. The course is open to computer science, advanced technology, mathematics, and engineering students. Starting for students entering in Fall 2010 or later, the course is required for all undergraduates in computer science.
As all of you probably realize, information is an important strategic and operational corporate asset. These days computers and computer networks, are increasingly being used for storing and retrieving information; consequently they need to have adequate security measures that can safeguard sensitive information from prying eyes. In this course, we will explore some of the security measures that can be employed to safeguard systems and the information contained therein. During this course you will be learning about many different security tools and techniques some of which can also be used to circumvent or subvert network security measures.
Doing so in our production environment will be grounds for failure in the class.
CS253 - Problem solving with C++
|Lecture||T/R||2:00 - 3:15pm||Dr. Joseph Gersch||Chem A103|
|Lab||As required||COMSC 120|
|Week 1||Jan 16,18||Class Intro, Security Overview|
|Week 2||Jan 23,25||Cryptographic Tools|
|Week 3||Jan 30, Feb 1||Authentication|
|Week 4||Feb 6,8||Access Control|
|Week 5||Feb 13,15||Network Basics, Database Security|
|Week 6||Feb 20,22||Malicious Software|
|Week 7||Feb 27, Mar 1||Denial of Service, Review for Mid-Term Exam|
|Week 8||Mar 6,8||MIDTERM EXAM, Review Exam Answers, Denial of Service|
|Week 9||Mar 13,15||No Class; spring break|
|Week 10||Mar 20,22||Intrusion Detection Systems|
|Week 11||Mar 27,29||Firewalls|
|Week 12||Apr 3,5||Buffer Overflow|
|Week 13||Apr 10,12||Software Vulnerabilities|
|Week 14||Apr 17,19||Internet Security Protocols|
|Week 15||Apr 24,26||Internet Authentication|
|Week 16||May 1,3||WIFI security, Review|
|Week 17||Tuesday, May 8, 9:40-11:40||FINAL EXAM|
|Homework Assignments / Quizzes||15%|
|First day of class||Tuesday, Jan 16|
|Last day to add/drop||Wednesday, Jan 31|
|Midterm Exam||Tuesday, Mar 6|
|Spring Break!||Saturday, March 10 through Sunday, March 18|
|Last day to withdraw ("W")||Mar 19|
|Last Lecture||Thursday May 3|
|Final Exam||Tuesday, May 8(9:40am-11:40am)|
The midterm and final exam will be held in the same classroom as regular lectures. The final exam is comprehensive.
All students taking this course are expected to participate actively. This includes asking and responding to questions. Students are also expected to scan the announcements on the home page and the progress page every day for updates.If an assignment changes significantly, we are responsible for sending out an email.
Each Student is expected to give an oral report and written paper on a current news topic relating to computer security. This is worth 5 points of the 10 points for student participation. "Newshound" reports will be scheduled at each lecture.
There will be a 24-hour late period for the notes that results in a 20% deduction.