Computer & Network Security – Fall 2023

Instructor Dave Levin
TA Richie Roberts
Class Tu/Th 11:00am-12:15pm , CSIC 3120
Office hours Dave: Mondays 2:00-3:00pm (Online)
Richie: TBD

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 final exam will be take-home, and will be given out after all of the in-class project presentations.

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