CS 395/495 Basic Information
Security: Technology, Business and Law
Yan Chen, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University
Office Hours: Mon 3:30-5:30 pm or by appointment, Tech L459.
Andrea M. Matwyshyn, Assistant Professor of Law
College of Law, University of Florida,
Office hours upon appointment
Office Hours: Friday, 1-3pm, 2-207, Ford
Location and Time
Lectures: Monday 6 – 8:50pm, Tech Inst
past decade has seen an explosion in the concern for the security of
information. This course introduces students to security, privacy, reliability,
and business integrity from an interdisciplinary perspective blending computer
science with law and business. Our
pedagogical strategy is to start with real world policy challenges to the
future viability of creating a trusted technology-mediated marketplace and to
help students understand these problems by deconstructing them through the eyes
of the businesses, regulators and technologists who face these challenges. This unique course will be co-taught by two
professors: one from computer science and the other from law. Topics include cryptography, authentication,
software and operating system security (e.g., buffer overflow), Internet
vulnerability (DoS attacks, viruses/worms, etc.), firewalls, and intrusion
- Required: CS 110
(Introduction to Computer Programming) or instructor approval
- Required books:
- Recommended books and
- Network Security - Private
Communication in a Public World, by Charlie
Kaufman, Radia Perlman and Mike Speciner, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall,
- Firewalls and Internet Security:
Repelling the Wily Hacker, 2nd edition, by William R. Cheswick,
Steven M. Bellovin, and Aviel D. Rubin, Addison Wesley, 2003
- Lecture slides and reference
documents will be available online.
- Participation 20%
- Homework 20%
- Mid-term exam 30%
- Final paper 30%
- Course web site: http://www.cs.northwestern.edu/~ychen/classes/cs395-f05/.
Check it out regularly for schedule changes, clarifications and
corrections to assignments, and other course-related announcements.
- Email list will be available
for announcement, and posting questions and answers.
- Late policy:
Unless otherwise indicated, homework and projects are due 11:59pm on their
due date. If you hand in an assignment late, we will take off 10% for each
day (or portion thereof) it is late.
It's OK to ask someone about the concepts, algorithms, or approaches
needed to do the project assignments, I encourage you to do so; both
giving and taking advice will help you to learn. However, what you turn in
must be your own, or for projects, your group's own work; copying other people's
code, solution sets, or from any other sources is strictly prohibited. We
will punish transgressors severely.