CSCI 667 – Concepts of Computer Security

Overview [Syllabus] [Schedule] [Research Project]

Instructor               Adwait Nadkarni (apnadkarni AT wm DOT edu)
Location                 Chancellors Hall, Room:114
Time                         T/Th 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Office Hours         T/Th 10:50 AM - 12:20 PM and by appointment (Zoom)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to computer and network security. Students successfully completing this class will be able to evaluate works in academic and commercial security, and will have rudimentary skills in security research. The course begins with a tutorial of the basic elements of cryptography, cryptanalysis, and systems security, and continues by covering a number of seminal papers and monographs in a wide range of security areas.

Topics covered include network security, authentication, security protocol design and analysis, security modeling, key management, program safety, intrusion detection, DDoS detection and mitigation, architecture/operating systems security, security policy, web security, and other emerging topics. A detailed list of lecture by lecture contents, assignments, and due dates (subject to change as semester evolves) is available on the course schedule.


Please follow this course website for the up-to-date schedule. Apart from this,

  • We will use Piazza for announcements and class discussions. Please sign up.
  • We will use Blackboard for submitting homework assignments and the take-home final

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