CMSC 414: Computer and Network Security, Fall 2014

Elaine Shi (Section 0201)
CSI 1122
Lecture Times
MW 3:30pm- 4:45pm
AVW 3411
Office Hours
Wedn 4:45pm-needed or by appointment
Teaching Assitants
Kartik Nayak (, Xiao Wang (,
Youngsam Park (, Frank Cangialosi (
Volunteer Assistants
Tingting Lin (
TA Office Hours
Fri 9:00am-11:00am, AVW Room 4103

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the broad field of computer, network, and information security. We will cover both computer security (including such topics as security policies, access control, viruses, etc.) and network security (such as protocols for maintaining confidentiality of email or for secure web transactions), along with some relevant background in basic cryptography.


The information is subject to change.


45% Labs
10% Class participation and presentation/review
15% Midterm 1
15% Midterm 2
15% Final Exam

Homework/Lab Submission Policy

There will be 48-hour grace period, with 20% off.
We will use the SEED labs for homeworks.

Optional Textbook

Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World - (2nd Edition), by Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman and Mike Speciner (May 2, 2002).


Homeworks and due dates will be announced in class. Homeworks will be distributed on Piazza.

Class annoucements will be sent through Piazza. Please sign up.
For all technical questions or discussions, please ask on Pizza instead of sending me email. (If you send me email, you will be asked to post the question on Piazza anyway.)

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The above information is subject to change.