"Trusting every aspect of our lives to a giant computer was the smartest thing we ever did!"Homer Simpson

Assignments, Exams, and Readings

Assignment Due Date
Homework 1: Familiarization with Unix January 23rd, 2019
Homework 2: Password Programming Feburary 4th, 2019
Homework 3: Password Security February 13th, 2019
Homework 4: Password Code Review February 27th, 2019
In class presentations Varies
Midterm Exam March 13th, 2019 in class
Homework 5: Cross Site Scripting Tutorial March 20st, 2019
Homework 6: Password Programming Redux April 3rd , 2019
Homework 7: Destroy, destory, destroy. April 17th, 2019
Homework 8: Attack Familiarization. April 29th, 2019
Final Exam 9:00 - 11:00 May 4th, 2019

Resources

  • Additional Readings

    Additional readings are posted here.
  • Textbook

    This semester we will be using a variety of books, all available online. Please note the first three books are available through the Safari Books Online from any campus IP address, but only 10 people can access this service at any time.

  • Accounts

    Later in the semester you will be given an account on a server named ia-class.cs.georgetown.edu. This will be the official machine for programming assignments. You can work on your own computer, but your code must work on and be readable on ia-class. The official class system is a linux/unix system.
  • Mailing Lists

    Students will also be expected to subscribe to the following mailing lists for the semester:

    RISKS Digest: This is a relatively low-volume mailing lists that carries discussions of the risks of computer error, misuse, and malfunction to humans and society. You may receive this any number of ways, through the web, through the newsgroup comp.risks, or by e-mail.

    http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks

    Security Week This is a service that provides up to date news about security problems in the real world. You can read it at or subscribe to an email list at http://www.securityweek.com/subscribe. This is somewhat experimental; if we don't like it we will stop reading it.

Instructor, TA, and Course Information

  • Instructor

    Clay Shields

    Office: 323 St Mary's Hall

    Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30-2:30PM

    Contact information here
  • TA

    Mohammad Zaheri
  • Course Information

    This course is intended to introduce students to means of assuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information through mechanisms of technology, policy, and education. Topics will include: access control; authentication; security policies and enforcement; security design principles; malicious logic; vulnerability analysis; intrusion detection and response; audit; risk assessment; personnel and physical security; and legal, ethical, and social issues. Prerequisites: COSC 173.

Policies

All my courses are run under the same set of policies which are available here. Students are expected to read and understand these policies. You can also read the Honor Council site.

In addition, in this class you will be learning how computer attackers probe and attack computers and networks. I will be providing a test network for you to experiment with these techniques. You ARE NOT to use these techniques on any other machine or network that you do not have specific written permission to do so. If you do so and are caught, I will not allow the excuse that what you were doing was for class, and instead will tell them that you were warned not to do it.