Computer Science 432
Information Security
Fall 2013

Course Information | Schedule


Course description.  Security issues in computing, communications, and electronic commerce. Goals and vulnerabilities; legal and ethical issues; basic cryptology; private and authenticated communication; electronic commerce; software security; viruses and other malicious code; operating system protection; trusted systems design; network security; firewalls; policy, administration and procedures; auditing; physical security; disaster recovery; reliability; content protection; privacy.

Textbook. There is no required or suggested textbook in this course, because there is no one book that covers the right material in an up-to-date fashion. Here are some good books about security, in case you're interested.

There are many good books about cryptography, but relatively few good ones about other computer security topics.

Lectures.  Lectures meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11am in Computer Science 105

Homework Policy. Homework will be due at 11:59 pm. Late homework will lose 10% of its value for every day of lateness. Homework more than seven days late will not be accepted.

No homework extensions will be given except in extraordinary circumstances (such as documented illness), and then only if the official university procedures are followed.

Unless the assignment explicitly states otherwise, you may not collaborate with other students on the homework. (Of course, if it is a group assignment, you should collaborate within your group!) If you make use of outside sources, you should disclose that fact and cite the sources, as you would in any scholarly work.

Grading.  Grades will be computed by the following formula: 70% homework; 20% final exam; 10% subjective factors such as attendance and class participation.

Exams.  The final exam will take place at Frick Chemistry Labratory B02 on Sat, Jan 18 at 1:30 pm.

Staff, Office Hours and Other Help. 

Arvind Narayanan - arvindn@
Office: Sherrerd 308, (609) 258-9302
Office Hours: MW 1:30-2:30 pm

Christian Eubank - cge@
Office: COS 004
Office Hours: TTh 3:30-4:30 pm
Jennifer Guo - jjguo@
Office: COS 001B
Office Hours: F 3:00-5:00 pm

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