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 highlighted 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 6)

Introduction to the course;

Chap 1: Overview of Security


(Lecture 1)

Week 2

(Jan 13)

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)


[Videos for Lecture 2.1 Provided in Courseweb as I was out of town]


(Lecture 2.1)


Math Review

(Lecture 2.2)


Week 3

(Jan 20)


Chap 3 : HRU Access Control Model and results

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


[Covered Lecture 2.2 & Covered till Slide 23 of Lecture 3]


(Lecture 3)

Week 4

(Jan 27)

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

(Lecture 4)

Week 5

(Feb 3)


Chap 7 : Hybrid Models: Clark Wilson, Chinese Wall,

[recommended readings:


 The Economic Impact of Role-Based Access Control”]


[Covered till Slide 22 of Lecture 4]



(Lecture 5)

Week 6

(Feb 10)


Chap 9: Basic Cryptography and Network Security

(Video Lectures assigned)



(Lecture 6)


Week 7

(Feb 17)


Continue Lecture 6: from Cryptographic Checksum function

Chap 10, 11: Key management, Network security

(Lecture 7)

Week 8

(Feb 24)

Authentication & Identity (Chap 11)

(Lecture 8)

Week 9

(March 3)


Week 10

(March 10)

Spring Break


Week 11

(March 17)


Continue Lecture 8 and then Lecture 8


Malicious code (Chapters: 19)

String Vulnerabilities and Race Conditions

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


(Lecture 9)

Week 12

(March 24)

IDS, Auditing, Firewalls (Chap 22, 21)

(Lecture 10)

Week  13

(March 31)


Risk Analysis, Vulnerability Analysis (Chap 20)

Legal Issues (Stallings book; Chap 18), Physical Security


(Lecture 11)

Week 14

(April 7)

Information Privacy

(Lecture 12)

Week  15

(April 14)

Week  16

(Dec 21)

Final Exam