Fall 2022

Computer Security

Listed in: Computer Science, as COSC-383


Scott P. Alfeld (Section 01)


There is an ongoing arms race between hackers and defenders in the cyber world. This course introduces concepts of computer security including exploitation, diagnosis, and protection. Topics will range from program exploits like buffer overflow attacks and privilege escalation to analysis of recent real-world attacks to discussions about the ethics of hacking. We will also cover security protocols such as those for authentication (proving that you are who you say you are), password checking, and cryptography.

Requisite: COSC 171 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 50 students. Fall semester: Assistant Professor Alfeld.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: (none specified)

COSC 383 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE A131
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE A131


Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2024