Course Description

This course covers fundamental principles of computer security. The course consists of three parts:

Part 1: Cryptography: We will study and experiment with basic cryptographic primitives (symmetric encryption, asymmetric encryption, MAC, and cryptographic hash functions). We will learn how these primitives are used to achieve certain security properties.

Part 2: Systems: We will study systems that use cryptography, including HTTPS and secure email, to see how cryptographic primitives are used in practice on the Internet.

Part 3: Software Security: We will learn about some of the most common errors that software developers make that attackers then exploit. We will learn how to avoid or prevent these mistakes.


CS 324 (concurrent) or instructor consent

Course Materials