CS838 Fall 2013: Computer Security
Instructor: Thomas Ristenpart
Email: rist at cs dot wisc dot edu
Office hours: Monday 11:00am-12pm
Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 - 10:45 am
Location: 1263 CS
- First assignment: suggestions for reading list.
See email for instructions.
- Syllabus posted here
This course will be an introduction to research in
computer security. We will cover a wide range of topics, ranging across
software security, web security, e-crime, cryptography, embedded system
security, and more. The goal will be to introduce students to, and prepare them to perform new, computer security research, and as such the course will focus on reading and evaluating
papers as well as two projects.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, I'll assume
knowledge of undergraduate level operating systems, networking, programming
languages, and such. Having taken an undergraduate class in
security will be helpful but not requisite.
If you have any questions ask me.
Requirements: Students will be responsible for reading
papers. We'll average 2 papers a week, so there will be a reasonable
amount of reading. Students will be expected to come to class prepared to
discuss the day's paper(s).
Evaluation will be by (1) classroom participation, including probably an
occasional written preparation to lead group discussion and/or scribing
requirement (writing up details of a classroom discussion); (2) one or possibly
two small exams to be determined; (3) a mini-project near the beginning of the
course; and (4) a final project.
We are using a Google doc for the authoritative
schedule. Email me to get access to it. I'll post the
final schedule here, when the class is near ending.
Final project ideas:
I'll have a list of specific example projects for the course in the first
couple weeks of the class.