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Computer Security


This course is an undergraduate-level introduction to computer security and is targeted towards seniors and advanced juniors. 


01:198:20501:198:416 or 01:198:352.

Please note that courses for which a student has received a grade of D cannot be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements.



The course covers both classic topics, such as applied cryptography, authentication, authorization and basic security principles, as well as recent topics such as Web security and virtual machines for security. The course will also involve several assignments that require the student to think both as an attacker and as a defender.

Expected Work: 

3-4 homeworks, some involving programming in C and x86 assembly code. A midterm and final exam.

Midterm and final.
Learning Goals: 
Computer Science majors ...
  • will be prepared to contribute to a rapidly changing field by acquiring a thorough grounding in the core principles and foundations of computer science (e.g., techniques of program design, creation, and testing; key aspects of computer hardware; algorithmic principles).
  • will acquire a deeper understanding on (elective) topics of more specialized interest, and be able to critically review, assess, and communicate current developments in the field.
  • will be prepared for the next step in their careers, for example, by having done a research project (for those headed to graduate school), a programming project (for those going into the software industry), or some sort of business plan (for those going into startups).
Course Type: 

Check the University Schedule of Classes to see if this course is open.

Request an Special Permission Number here if the class is full.