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 is 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.

Tentative Course Schedule









Week 1

(Aug 31)


Introduction to the course;

Chap 1: Overview of Security

Computer Security survey


(Lecture 1)




Week 2

(Sept 7)


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 36]

(Lecture 2)


Week 3

(Sept 14)


Mathematical Review

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

+ Chapter 2


(Lecture 3.1)



(Lecture 3.2)


Week 4

(Sept 21)


Chap 3 : HRU Access Control Model and results

(Lecture 4)


Week 5

(Sept 28)

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

(Lecture 5)


Week 6

(Oct 5)

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

[recommended reading The Economic Impact of Role-Based Access Control]

(Lecture 6)


(Oct 12)

 Fall Break (No Class)

Week 8

(Oct 19)


Chap 9: Basic Cryptography and Network Security

(Lecture 7)


Week 9

(Oct 26)

Midterm (based on the coverage so far)

Week 10

(Nov 2)

Network security: Key management,

(About half completed)

(Lecture 8)


Week 11

(Nov 9)

Guest Lectures (Amirreza and Nathalie)

(Guest Lecture)

Week 12

(Nov 16)

Continue with Lecture 8

Authentication, identity, vulnerability analysis

(Lecture 9)


Week 13

(Nov 23)

IDS, Auditing, Firewalls

(Chap 22, 21)

(Lecture 10)


Week 14

(Nov 30)


Secure coding, Malicious code

(Chapters: 19)

(Chapter on String and Integer in the following book available online:


(Lecture 11)



(Lecture 11.2)


Week 15

(Dec 7)


Week 15

(Dec 14)