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Comp 590-132 (Syllabus)
TTh 2-3:15

Cynthia Sturton

Office Hours
Mon 2-4, FB 354


 TA Office Hours Location
 Sarah Rust  Wed 3-5  SN047
 LA Office Hours Location
 Shrivar Ramlakan
 Thur 3:30-5:30

The Piazza class site is the best place for you to ask your questions.  Here are some guidelines.
  • If you are wondering about something, ask a question!
  • Answer other students' questions and refine existing answers.
  • Be polite.
  • Do not post code or ask others to post code.
  • You may post privately to the instructors, but we reserve the right to make all or part of the post public if we feel the question is of general interest to the class. (If we do this, we won't reveal any personal information about the original poster, including their name.) 
  • We may post questions on Piazza that get emailed to the instructors if we feel the question is of general interest to the class. (Same as above.)
Course Description
Building secure systems is the responsibility of all computer scientists, not just a few security specialists. To that end, this class will foster in students an understanding and development of a security mindset. Along the way, students will learn about the types of security policies one might care about, how attackers can and have thwarted security, sometimes in surprising ways, and what steps computer scientists and engineers can take to improve the security of their own systems. The course will cover aspects of security ethics and privacy and will incorporate discussion of related events in the news. 

This class is meant for computer science students who wish to develop basic literacy in security topics. the prerequisites are COMP410 and COMP 411. Students who have already taken Introduction to Computer Security (COMP535) should not enroll in this class.

Key Dates
Midterm exam: 10/18/2016
Final exam: 12/10/2016, 12-3 PM

Class participation: 10%
Lab assignments: 40%
Midterm: 20%
Security in the news presentation: 10%
Final exam: 20%