Instructor: Dr. Melissa Danforth
Office: Sci III 319, 654-3180
Office Hours: MTuWThF 11:30am - 12:30pm (or by appointment)
Course web site: http://www.cs.csubak.edu/~melissa/ under Teaching menu
Moodle web site: https://moodle.cs.csub.edu/moodle/course/view.php?id=110
Course meets MW 3:15 - 4:55pm and Tu 3:15 - 5:45pm in Sci III 315
CMPS 476 Advanced Computer Networks and Computer Security (5)
This is a continuation of CMPS 376 Computer Networks. Topics covered will
include system security, basic cryptography and network security. We will
begin by investigating issues in system security such as security policies,
assurance, vulnerabilities and trusted operating systems. We will then look
at how systems interact on a network and at new security issues that a
networked environment presents such as worms, bot nets and denial of service
attacks. Methods to provide better security at both the system and network
level will be discussed, along with how risk analysis, cost-benefit analysis
and other concerns impact the choices administrators have in securing their
systems. Ethics and legal issues related to security research will also be
discussed, in particular, responsible methods for conducting and reporting
security research. Labs will provide more hands-on experience with securing
systems and particular issues with certain OSes and applications.
Prerequisite: CMPS 376
Command-line Networking Tools
5 quarter units. 4 units lecture (200 minutes), 1 unit lab (150 minutes).
Elective for CS
Security Engineering, 2nd edition. Ross Anderson. Wiley, 2008.
The full first edition and secon edition of the textbook are available as
free PDFs at the author's website:
This course covers the following ACM/IEEE Body of Knowledge student learning
CC-NC3: Network security
The course maps to the following performance indicators for
Computer Science (CAC/ABET):
- (CAC PIe2): Recognize and describe current issues in security.
Exact topics will be posted under the Calendar section of the course website.
Lecture notes from the Spring 2012 class will also be posted on Moodle.
Not applicable to this course.
Students are responsible for their own attendance. The topics covered
in lecture will be listed on the course website. Lab attendance is not
required but is strongly encouraged. Not all labs in this course can be
completed at home, so students should attend those labs or make alternate
arrangements to use Sci III 315.
Assignments may discussed in groups. If the assignment is a group
assignment, the group turns in one assignment for the entire group.
However, if the assignment is an individual assignment, each student
must turn in their own work; no direct copying is allowed. You may
discuss individual assignments with other students, but you must write
up the assignment in your own words. Refer to the Academic Integrity
policy in the campus catalog.
The CEE/CS Tutoring Center in Sci III 324 is available for use by students
in this course outside of class time on a first come, first serve basis.
Priority in the lab is given to students who are completing assignments
for CEE/CS courses. See the schedule on the door for hours the lab will be
There are also computers available in the CEE/CS Major Study Lounge in Sci
III 341 (formerly the CEE/CS Library). This room is only open when faculty
members are on campus, e.g. approximately 8am to 5pm on weekdays. If the
door is currently locked, see Steve, Henry, myself, or another faculty member
to unlock it.
|Labs (Team-based)|| 10%
|Homework || 15%
|Midterm || 25%
|Final || 25%
|Security Project || 25%
Homeworks and labs may be worked on and discussed in groups, but every
student must turn in their own assignments in their own words. Refer to
the Academic Integrity Policy above. Assignments will be posted online
on the course website. The due date will be given with the assignment.
Late labs are not accepted, however partial credit will be given for
incomplete labs. Late homework is accepted, but it will be marked down
10% for every day it is late. If there is no late policy posted on the
homework assignment, then the homework may be turned in up to three days
late. Saturday and Sunday combined count as only one day late (e.g. if
the assignment is due Friday and you turn it in Sunday, it will be marked
as one day late). If there is a late policy posted on the assignment,
then that policy will apply for that particular assignment.
Assignments are submitted by by uploading the assignment to Moodle or by
turning in a hardcopy of the assignment to the instructor.
If uploading, all files must be in plain text, OpenOffice or PDF
format. Do NOT use Microsoft Office formats, particularly DOCX or XLSX,
as they cannot be read by the instructor.
It is your responsibility to check Moodle to see if your assignment
has been properly submitted. However, do not worry if you forgot to select
"Submit for Marking", as I can see the last time you made a change to the
assignment to see that it was submitted on time.
Monday May 9, 2016 during the lecture timeblock
A make-up midterm will only be given if you have to miss this midterm for
serious and compelling reasons or if you schedule an alternative time for
the midterm at least ONE WEEK in advance by emailing the instructor.
Wednesday June 8, 2016 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm
If you have a final exam time conflict, schedule an alternative time for
the final exam at least ONE WEEK in advance by emailing the instructor.
Each student will select a topic in security for the project. Potential
topics will be discussed in class. Selected topics will be approved by
the instructor to ensure that no topic gets duplicated amongst the class.
The project can be purely a survey of existing research or brief research
into the topic. The project will be graded on a 10 page paper and a 20
minute presentation to the class on your topic (presentation time may be
shortened to 15 minutes depending on the size of the class).
Project presentations will be scheduled in the last two weeks of class. The
schedule will be posted to the Moodle website and the calendar section
of the public website.
Melissa Danforth on 27 March 2016
Effective Spring 2016