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

(Jan 9))

 No Class (SFS)


Week 2

(Jan 16)


Introduction to the course;

Chap 1: Overview of Security

Chap 12: Design Principles


(Lecture 1)


Week 3

(Jan 23)


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)

Mathematical Review (Bishop's brown book has intro on these topics - Logic, Induction and Lattice) + Chapter 2

(Lecture 2)



(Lecture 3.1 )


Week 4

(Jan 30)

(Continue from Week 3)

Chap 3 : HRU Access Control Model and results

(Lecture 3.2, PDF)

(Lecture 4, PDF)

Week 5

(Feb 6)

(continue Lecture 4 from last week)

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

(Lecture 5, PDF)


Week 6

(Feb 13)

Chap 9: Basic Cryptography and Network Security

(Lecture 6, PDF)

Week 7

(Feb 20)

Key management, Network security

(Lecture 7, PDF)

Week 8

(Feb 27)

Continue Lecture 7

(Covered till Slide 41)

 Week 9

(March 6)


Will Cover everything Covered so far (i.e., Upto Slide 41 of Lecture 7)

 Week 10

Spring break

 Week 11

(March 20)

Lecture 9: Authentication, identity, vulnerability analysis (Chap 11, 20)

(Lecture 8, PDF)

Week 12

(March 27)

Malicious code (Chapters: 19)

Secure coding

(Chapter on String from Seacord’s Secure Programming in C/C++)

(Lecture 9, PDF)

Week 13

(April 3)

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 10, PDF)

Week 14

(April 10)


IDS, Auditing, Firewalls (Chap 22, 21)

(Privacy: Lecture 11, PDF)


(Lecture 12, PDF)

Week 15

(April 17)



(We will cover Lecture 11 and 12 – which were not finished last week)


Will touch on the following if time permits:

Risk Analysis

Legal Issues (Stallings book)

Chap 18: Evaluation standards


Week 16

(April 24)

Final Exam