CSCI 331
Introduction to Computer Security Fall 2023
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
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This class explores common vulnerabilities in computer systems, how attackers exploit them, and how systems engineers design defenses to mitigate them. The goal is to be able to recognize potential vulnerabilities in one’s own software and to practice defensive design. Hands-on experience writing assembly language and C code to inspect and modify the low-level operation of running programs is emphasized. Finally, regular reading and writing assignments round out the course to help students understand the cultural and historical background of the computer security “arms race.”
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; This course has twice-weekly lecture meetings as well as a weekly lab meeting.
Limit: 24(12/lab)
Expected: 24
Class#: 1200
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly reading responses, lab assignments, midterm exam, and final project
Prerequisites: CSCI 237
Enrollment Preferences: upper-level students
Materials/Lab Fee: A fee of $75-$100 will be added to the term bill to cover the purchase of a Raspberry Pi computer and accessories.
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: This course include regular and substantial problem sets and labs in which quantitative/formal reasoning skills are practiced and evaluated.

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