Theory and practice of cybersecurity problems and solutions for building secure computing hardware, software and networks. Technical, social and legal aspects of secure systems. Historical and ongoing attacks that spawn real-world responses. Ongoing research in cybersecurity defenses.
Why take this course?
Classroom courses provide a good grounding in the basics of computer and network systems and how they can be protected from attacks by cyber predators. The field of cybersecurity is a constantly evolving one in which attack and defense strategies are constantly changing. In addition to providing some historical perspective, this seminar is meant to present to the students strategies that are under development and under test in real-world environments.
2504 or CS 2504 or Senior Standing
This course builds on the base of knowledge developed in standard electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science courses or similar undergraduate program, including understanding of the fundamentals of computer systems, networking, programming, system analysis, and probability. Therefore, either one of the two broad-spectrum courses in EE or CS are prerequisite to taking the seminar course.
Major Measurable Learning Objectives
describe high-level technical aspects of cybersecurity breaches and defense mechanisms
discuss practical applications of cybersecurity policymaking and policies
discuss case-studies of historical computer security problems
explain protection mechanisms used in typical personal, industry, and government network and computer systems