This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of computer and information security. The course focuses on algorithms and techniques used to defend against malicious software.
Topics include an introduction to encryption systems, operating system security, database security, network security, system threats, and risk avoidance procedures.
Prerequisites: CS-425 and CS-450.
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Exams are open-book(s) open-notes.
The following grading scale will be used to determine your grade in this class:
Class attendance and participation will help settle the borderline grades. Regular class attendance is important and students are expected to actively participate in class: questions and comments are always welcome.
Programming assignments are designed to improve your understanding of core concepts by implementing them. Feel free to use your favorite programming language or use this as an opportunity to learn new ones.
This semester assignments will flow along two themes:
Theme 1: Building a Secure Shell
Assignments will be posted on the Blackboard and students are required to post their work on the Blackboard as well.
The purpose of this section is for small groups of students to do some independent work and present their work to the class.
No later than 9/27/05, the teams must be formed and they must have chosen a topic for the class presentation. Topics will fall into two categories:
(i) Prepare a class presentation based on a published research paper.
(ii) Prepare a class presentation which surveys of a current topic in Information Security.
In either case, a written summary of the presentation will be due one week prior to the presentation.
Allocate significant time to read and understand the research paper or to survey the IS topic you have selected. Do not wait until a few days before the presentation is due, chances are that if you do so, then you'll run out of time and will end up with a very poor mark in this section.
Presentations will be limited to 30' and will be followed by Q&A; grading will consider both the content and the way the presentation is made to the class. The presentation must be extremely well rehearsed; failure to properly prepare for the presentation will result in an extremely poor mark on the presentation.
Your instructor reserves the right to change this schedule.
For more important dates and detail go to the IIT site.
Unless otherwise stated all papers you turn in will be TYPED. No handwritten work is accepted. Each page will have a header as follows:
Each page will also have a footer:
The header and the footer will be Arial, 10 points, regular. The text for the paper itself will be typed using Times Roman (12 points regular, except for titles which may be larger and bold).
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