Tentative Lecture Plan


Tentative lecture flow will be as follows. Some changes may occur depending upon the pace of the class. In the table below, texts in GREEN in Topics column represent notes I add after the class - in particular with regards to coverage.

Some helpful notes: Some previous experiences of the students and mine that may be helpful to you are as follows:

  • Students who have taken this course have felt that this is a very dense course - primary reason for it being dense our goal to maintain the NSA IA standards.

  • In earlier offerings of this course, students who lacked strong mathematical background had found the first half of the course, which is focused on theoretical issues, quite challenging. Students are strongly recommended to read the materials before it is covered in the class. Most of the lecture materials will be similar to earlier offerings of the course, with updates and corrections.

  • The second half of the course content is much softer and less effort is needed to understand the concepts - but a lot of reading is required. This helps students to concentrate more on projects and labs/programming assignment.

  • The course is designed primarily with the overall security track in mind. The coverage is also expected to provide a foundational knowledge and broad understanding of security field, if this is the only course the student plan to take.

Course Handout

Tentative Course Schedule







Week 1

(Aug 30)

Introduction to the course;

Chap 1: Overview of Security

[Covered except slides 31-36 of Lecture 1]

(Lecture 1)



Week 2

(Sept 6)


Chap 12: Secure Design Principles

Chap 2.2  Access Control Matrix

Access control in OS

[Covered till slide 32 of Lecture 2]

(Lecture 2)


Week 3

(Sept 13)


Mathematical Review

(Bishop's brown book has short intro on these topics - Logic, Induction and Lattice)

Chap 4: Security Policies (not covered yet)

[Covered till slide 9 of Lecture 3]

(Lecture 3)


Week 4

(Sept 20)


Chap 2 - 3 : HRU Access Control Model and results


(Lecture 4)


Week 5

(Sept 27)


Chap 4. Security Policies


(Which was not covered in Week 3)

Chap 5: Confidentiality policies

Section 6.2: Biba's Integrity



  • Lecture 5 also includes slides on Lattice and Chap 4 (which were earlier in Lecture 2.

  • Take Grant Model which was earlier scheduled for this week will now be covered later.

[Covered till Slide 31 of Lecture 5]

(Lecture 5)


Week 6

(Oct 4)


Chap 7. Integrity Policy

Role Based Access Control (Read NIST RBAC paper)


[Could not cover RBAC]

(Lecture 6)


Week 7

(Oct 11)


Role Based Access Control Model

Take Grant Model (In Chapter 3 of Bishop's brown book  - linked to online version from main page)

[Note that Lecture 7 includes slides for RBAC which were in Lecture 6 also]


[Covered till Slide 20]


(Lecture 7)


(Oct 18)




Week 8

(Oct 25)


Chap 9: Basic Cryptography and Network Security

(We'll start Lecture 8 this week and leave the uncovered portion in Lecture7 for later if time is available)

(Lecture 8)




Week 9

(Nov 1)


Chap 18: Evaluation

Risk Management, Legal & Ethical Issues, Physical protection, & Common Criteria (Some Reading Materials)


Link for Legal&Ethical Issues:

I am out of town on Nov 1. The GSA will be taking the class. Note that this content was earlier scheduled for Week 10 - I swapped it.

(Lecture 9)


Week 10

(Nov 8)


Chap 9: Key Management

[Covered till Slide 30]


(Lecture 10)


Week 11

(Nov 15)


Chap 10, 11: Network Security, Authentication and identity

[Covered till Slide 9]


(Lecture 11)



(Nov 22)


Week 12

(Nov 29)


Malicious code, Vulnerability Analysis, Intrusion Detection & Auditing

[Covered till Slide 19]


(Lecture 12)


Week 13

(Dec 6,)


Integer, String, Race Conditions, Buffer Overflow

[Covered All]

(Lecture 13)


Week 14

(Dec 13)