Montclair CMPT 585 - Study Guide (4 pages)

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Cmpt 585 - Topics in Computer Science
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Department of Computer Science Fall 2004 CMPT 495 01 585 01 Topics in Computer Science Computer and Data Security General information Meeting Times and places Thursdays 5 30 8 00 pm RI 104 Instructor Office Phone Email Office Hours Dr Stefan A Robila 312 Richardson Hall 973 655 4230 robila pegasus montclair edu Monday 215 315 Thursday 345 515 Purpose of the course This course is a survey of topics related to computer security It introduces the students to many contemporary topics ranging from data encryption such as PKIs Public Key Infrastructures computer authentication network security to cyber warfare and security ethics Students will learn fundamental concepts of security that can be applied to many traditional aspects of computer programming and computer systems design as well as in dealing in day to day activities such as accessing confidential information protecting computer systems etc Instructional Objectives At the end of the course the students should be critically analyze various security issues in terms of their complexity vulnerability to attacks etc including cryptography techniques encryption types secret and public key methods key exchanges etc network protection topologies types of threats protection etc OS security memory protection file protection users trusted OS database security reliability sensitive data etc program security viruses buffer overflows trapdoors enterprise security policies planning etc ethics in protection pseudosecurity steganography watermarking etc Prerequisites Knowledge of Discrete Mathematics on the level of CMPT 285 or MATH 501 is expected at any levels Basic understanding of computer organization and programming is assumed CMPT 183 Syllabus 1 4 Class Materials Textbook required Charles P Pfleeger Shari L Pfleeger Security in Computing 3rd Edition Prentice Hall 2003 ISBN 0 13 035548 8 The textbook is available through the MSU bookstore There is also plenty of other information sources that will help you understand better the course A list of them will be provided and maintained on Blackboard Feel free to email me additions to it Class Structure The class meets once every week for 2h30 minutes each time Note that the class time does not include any breaks The class format will be a sequence of presentations and discussions on security related topics The presentations will be done by the instructor students as well as invited guests The class includes examinations assignments and a project No major differentiation will be done between undergraduate and graduate students However graduate students are expected to perform at higher standards and can expect slightly different tasks Grading for the undergraduate and graduate students will be done separately The lecture materials the lab homework and project description are found online on Blackboard The class will also include several invited speakers that will present on several areas mainly in the second half of the semester Here is the list of confirmed topics program security database security enterprise security Evaluation The grade is computed based on a total of 1000 points These points are split on the following categories Homework 300 points Four homework assignments will be provided Each carries a total of 75 points They will cover the topics presented during the lectures and are to be solved individually by each student The due date and time will be indicated each time the homework is assigned and will be strictly enforced late submission means no submission I do not intend to provide any individual extensions of the deadlines All submitted homework must be provided in printed format unless allowed by the instructor Handwritten assignments will not be accepted Written Examination 300 points There will be one in class examination that will cover the topics on data encryption and network security No date is set at this moment although it is expected to take place after the first 5 6 weeks of classes Note that no final examination is offered for this course Term Project 400 points There will be one term project details to follow soon The task will include choosing a topic gathering and analyzing data writing a paper and giving a short in class CMPT 183 Syllabus 2 4 presentation using Powerpoint or other presentation software Each of the steps will have a certain number of points associated to it In addition some of the projects may require software development The presentations should be 10 minutes long You should have the presentation ready two weeks before the end of the semester since you will have to present it in one of the last two lectures The paper and if needed copies of the software need to be submitted by December 13 2004 Projects can be done in teams of at most two students However the topic and length of the project will have to be considerable Grading No curve will be used in assigning the grades Instead here is how the grades will be determined Total Grade 850 1000 A 700 849 B 550 699 C 500 549 D 499 F The splits between plus and minus grades varies depending on the actual distribution of the final averages However if your average is 925 or more you are assured of A Important notes It is University policy to provide on a flexible and individualized basis reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities that may affect their ability to participate in course activities or to meet course requirements Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact their instructors to discuss their individual needs for accommodations Academic Honesty Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated Copying work from other students presenting work not done by you as your own or otherwise misrepresenting your work will result in penalties including a failing grade for the respective task University regulations related to this topic will be strictly enforced Homework assignments and examinations are intended to be solved individually It should be pointed out that in case of duplicate submissions all the students involved would be penalized in equal measure Allowing other people to copy your solutions is considered academic dishonesty Group work for the term paper project is allowed only through agreement with the instructor Attendance Attendance is mandatory Only two unexcused absences are allowed and in this case it is your responsibility to obtain information on any classroom activity that you may have missed A third absence will result in the lowering of your grade for


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