Computer & Network Security – Spring 2021

Instructor Dave Levin
TA Richie Roberts
Class Tu/Th 12:30-1:45pm EDT, Zoom
Office hours Dave: Tue 2:00-3:00pm EDT
Richie: Wed 2:30-3:30pm EDT

Course Overview

This course will cover advanced topics in computer and network security, including (but not limited to): anonymity, privacy, memory safety, malware, denial of service attacks, trusted hardware, security design principles, and empirically measuring security "in the wild". This will be a largely paper-driven course (there is no textbook), preparing students for research in (or around) the broad area of security. Students will gain first-hand experience launching attacks in controlled environments.

This will be a qualifying course.


40% Final project

The bulk of the grade will come from a semester-long project.

30% Exams

There will be a take-home final exam.

10% Attacks

Each lecture will begin with an attack presentation by a small group.

10% Reading responses

Respond to each week's papers.

  9% Class participation

Engage in class discussions.

  1% Meet your professor

Meet with Dave one-on-one to discuss something unrelated to class.


There are no required texts. Papers and various resources will be provided throughout the semester.

Final Exam

The official campus schedule has us scheduled for Tuesday, May 18, 1:30-3:30pm, but the final exam will be a take-home.

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