706A, IS Building,
Email: jjoshi [AT]
Thursday : 1:30 - 3:00PM
OR By Appointment
Tentative Course Schedule
Lecture 13 Added (Nov 27)
(Dr. Fabio Maino, CISCO)
This course covers fundamental issues and first principles of security and
information assurance. The course will look at the security policies, models
and mechanisms related to confidentiality, integrity, authentication,
identification, and availability issues related to information and
information systems. Other topics covered include basics of cryptography
(e.g., digital signatures) and network security (e.g., intrusion detection
and prevention), risk management, security assurance and secure design
principles, as well as e-commerce security. Issues such as organizational
security policy, legal and ethical issues in security, standards and
methodologies for security evaluation and certification will also be covered.
Special note: The coverage of this course has been primarily guided by the
requirements of some of the CNSS standards (about 85% of the content). In
addition, the course also attempts to cater to students who are interested in
taking a single course but would like to gain a broad understanding of issues
in information security.
overall goal of the course is to develop a broader understanding of the
information security field, so that the student can
- Recognize, analyze
and evaluate security problems and challenges in networks and
knowledge to synthesize possible approaches to solve the problems
in an integrated way.
specifically, the goals of the course are to develop the skills to:
- Analyze and evaluate the fundamentals of security(and privacy)
policy models and mechanisms, and their need for different types of
information systems and applications
- Apply the basics of Cryptographic techniques and network security for
ensuring the basic security goals of security of information systems.
- Recognize the various security issues/terminologies related to software,
networks and applications to show how they are interrelated and
available techniques and approaches to solve/tackle security problems.
- Describe/identify the various social, legal and non-technical
dimensions of security and its relation to technical counterparts.
- TEL2000 OR Equivalent Background; Instructor
In essence, the following is expected of the students
operating systems, data structures, database systems and networks; Java.
undergraduate mathematics, some knowledge about mathematical logic, set
notation, etc. These issues will be reviewed in the course.
Students not sure about the required background should meet the
course attempts to explore some theoretical issues for which the stated
mathematical background is essential.
course will involve some Java programming.
Students are highly encouraged to use office hours (the Instructor's
and/or the GSA's) and make special
arrangements with the instructor, if additional help is needed.
Introduction to Computer Security: by Matt Bishop (ISBN: 0-201-44099-7), Addison-Wesley (Required
online for Pitt Students)
a simplified version of (some topics have been removed!)
Computer Security: Art and Science by Matt Bishop (ISBN: 0-201-44099-7),
Addison-Wesley. So if you have a copy of this book, it is fine too. (Available online for Pitt Students)
Other Reference Material
Security in Computing, 2nd Edition, Charles P. Pfleeger,
Prentice Hall (Online)
Security Engineering: A Guide to Building
Dependable Distributed Systems, Ross
Anderson, Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, 2001 (There is a newer
Inside Java 2 Platform Security: Architecture, API
Design, and Implementation
by Li Gong, Gary Ellison, Mary Dageforde
Practical Unix and Internet
Security, Simon Garfinkel
and Gene Spafford (Online)
A list of papers will be provided to supplement the book
NOTE: To access online books and article from
off-campus, use the following link: sslvpn.pitt.edu
The following link gives more info: http://www.library.pitt.edu/services/remote.html
overview and definitions
models and policy issues
Basic Cryptography and Network security
to cryptography and classical cryptosystem
protocols and Key Management, IPSec, VPNs, etc.
Design Issues and Information assurance
verification and evaluation
Detection and Response
Classification and Vulnerability Analysis
Containment and Response/Recovery
Legal, Ethical Issues
Overview of Miscellaneous Issues
in Cloud, Social Networks, Bigdata
Lab + Homework/Quiz/Paper Review 55%
Two Exams 30%
Programming Project 15%
Misc. (Seminar, Participation in class) will
also be used.
If you have a
disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are
encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and
Services, 140 William Pitt Union, 412-648-7890 or 412-383-7355 (TTY) as early
as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine
reasonable accommodations for this course.