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

(Sept 1)


Introduction to the course;

Chap 1: Overview of Security


(Lecture 1)



Week 2

(Sept 8)


Chap 12: Secure Design Principles

Chap 2.2  Access Control Matrix


Access control in OS


Unix (Garfinkel book in Text book list in main page)


Microsoft Reference (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781716.aspx)


[Covered Till Slide Page 37]


(Lecture 2)


Week 3

(Sept 15)


Mathematical Review

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

+ Chapter 2


[Covered Till Slide 12]

(Lecture 3)


Week 4

(Sept 22)


Chap 3 : HRU Access Control Model and results

(GSA - Amirreza will be taking the class)

(Lecture 4)


Week 5

(Sept 29)


Chap 4 - 6 : Security Policies, Confidentiality and Integrity Models

(Lecture 5)


Week 6

(Oct 6)

Chap 6, 7 : Integrity Models, Hybrid Models, RBAC (for RBAC refer to NIST Standard paper in Reading List)

[Covered Till Slide 25]

(Lecture 6)


(Oct 13)

 Fall Break (No Class)


Week 8

(Oct 20)


Chap 9: Basic Cryptography and Network Security

(Lecture 7)


Week 9

(Oct 27)

Continue and review for midterm

Week 10

(Nov 3)

Midterm (based on the coverage so far)

Week 11

(Nov 10)


Key management and Network security

Lecture by: Amirreza

(Lecture 8)

Week 12

(Nov 17)

Authentication and Identity; Malicious Code;

(Chapters: 11, 19, 20)

(Lecture 9)

Week 13

(Nov 24)


Week 14

(Dec 1)

Vulnerability Classification, IDS, Firewalls, Auditing

(Lecture 10)

Week 15

(Dec 8)

Buffer overflow & Race Conditions

Source: Secure Coding in C and C++ (URL for online book: http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/9780768685923/firstchapter)

(Lecture 11)

Week 15

(Dec 15)