CMSC 414: Computer and Network Security, Spring 2013

Elaine Shi
CSI 1122
Lecture Times
MW 3:30pm- 4:45pm
AVW 4145
Office Hours
Wedn 11:30am-noon (can extend to 12:30pm based on need)
Yehuda Katz (
Brian Phan (
TA Office Hours
See Piazza for most up-to-date information

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 class schedule is here. The information is subject to change.


40% Labs
20% Midterm 1
20% Midterm 2
20% Final Exam

Announcement: Optional Homework 1

Optional homework is available. Please see Piazza for the link. This will not count towards your grades, but will be at the same level as Mid-term 1.

Homework/Lab Submission Policy

No late submission will be accepted. This will be enforced strictly.
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, and posted on the class schedule webpage. Please check regularly.

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.)

Please read this page about academic integrity.
The above information is subject to change.