Spring 2007

Clay Shields

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Information Assurance

1:15 - 2:30
St. Mary's, Room 304

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


Course Information

Clay Shields, contact information here.

This class, like all my classes, are subject to my course policies. Students are expected to understand these policies. If you have any questions, ask ahead of time.
Bugtraq Analyses 5%
Homework and assigned projects: 45%
Date: March 1st
Notes on the midterm exam
Date: May 11th 12:30 PM
Notes on the final exam
This semester we will be using:
Practical Unix and Internet Security, 3rd Edition, by Garfinkel, Schwartz, and Spafford. Please notice that it is available online through the Safari Books Online from any campus IP address, but only 10 people can access this service at any time.
While I do not expect the material in this class to be difficult, there is quite a bit to cover. Additional readings will be given on particular topics during the semester; most will be available on-line from the Topics and Readings page. Students will also be expected to subscribe to the following two mailing lists for the semester:


This is a list that carries discussion of security problems of exisiting systems. It is relatively high volume, so I suggest that you subscribe to the digest version. The easiest way to do this is to send a blank e-mail
message to:


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.


Infosec News

This is a daily digest that presents about 5-10 news stories that are relevant to information security. To subscribe, visit:


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.