18-630 / 19-631 / 95-830: Introduction to Security
(office hour Monday 3-4pm in CIC 2110) and Dave
TAs: Ting-Fang Yen (office hour Tuesday 4-5pm in CIC 2214) and Mark Luk (office hour
Fridays 2:30-3:30pm in CIC 2206).
We will meet Monday and Wednesday in Wean Hall 5403 10:30am-11:50am.
Email should be sent only to 18630-f06-instructors
importance of networks and distributed systems, and their use to
support safety-critical applications, has made computer and
communications security a central issue for systems today. This course
will introduce students to the technical and policy foundations of
computer and communications security. These
foundations will be illustrated using deployed systems as case studies.
course will assume a basic working knowledge of computers and networks,
will not assume any prior exposure to topics in computer or
security. Graduate standing or permission of the instructor is required.
Suggested Textbooks (optional):
to Cryptography with Coding Theory by Trappe and Washington, 2nd
and Network Security: Principles and Practice by William Stallings,
4th revision (3rd revision ok).
Engineering by Ross Anderson.
Great software tool to learn more about cryptographic algorithms: CrypTool.
The deadline for any assignment can be extended with a 10% penalty per
day. No deadline can be extended by more than two days. so assignments
will NOT be accepted 48 hours after the due date.
Students are encouraged to talk to each other, to the TAs, to the
instructor, or to anyone else about any of the assignments. Any
assistance, though, must be limited to discussion of the problem and
sketching general approaches to a solution. Each student must write out
his or her own solutions to
the homeworks. Consulting another student's or group's solution is
prohibited, and submitted solutions may not be copied from any source.
These and any other form of collaboration on assignments constitute
cheating. If you have any question about whether some activity would
constitute cheating, please feel free to ask.
Your final grade for the course will be based on the following weights
for the individual assignments:
The Midterm and Final Exams will be closed-book.
- 25% Homeworks
- 25% Midterm
- 40% Final Exam
- 10% Participation