CMSC 414: Computer and Network Security

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Class time & place Tu/Th 3:30-4:45, CSIC 2117
Instructor Dave Levin
  • Office hours: Wednesday 3:00-4:30pm
  • 4131 A.V. Williams
Teaching assistants & office hours TA office hours are held in 4103 AVW
  • Chengxi Ye (Monday 10:30am-12:00pm)
  • Lee Williams (Tuesday 11:00am-12:30pm)
  • Frank Cangialosi (Wednesday 9:00-10:30am)
  • Jake Hammontree (Friday 12:00-1:30pm)


Official course description An introduction to the topic of security in the context of computer systems and networks. Identify, analyze, and solve network-related security problems in computer systems. Fundamentals of number theory, authentication, and encryption technologies, as well as the practical problems that have to be solved in order to make those technologies workable in a networked environment, particularly in the wide-area Internet environment.
Textbooks There are no required texts. See the resources page for recommendations, and the schedule for papers and handouts.
Final exam time Wednesday, May 18, 10:30am-12:30pm (CSI 2117, the normal class location)


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