This course introduces students to network security. By examining case studies and reading seminal research papers, students will learn about network attacks and vulnerabilities as well as current defenses. Topics covered include cryptography, confidentiality and authentication protocols, botnets, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and communication privacy and anonymity.

This introductory course will impart a broad understanding of the underpinnings of security techniques, security best practices, and computer security research. The course should help students to understand the mindsets of attackers (the bad guys and gals who do malicious things on the network) and system designers and defenders (the good guys and gals who try to stop the attackers). The course should prepare students to understand and assess security threats, become familiar with security engineering best practices, and write better software, protocols, and systems.

A detailed list of lecture by lecture contents, assignments, and due dates (subject to change as semester evolves) is available on the course schedule.

Resources

  • Course announcements and online discussion will take place on Piazza
  • Recordings of lectures is available on Mediasite
  • Homework assignments are submitted via Moodle