The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Undergraduate PROGRAMS

Course Information

Description

Theory and practice of cybersecurity problems and solutions for building secure computing hardware, software and networks. Technical, social and legal aspects of secure systems. Historical and ongoing attacks that spawn real-world responses. Ongoing research in cybersecurity defenses.

Why take this course?

Classroom courses provide a good grounding in the basics of computer and network systems and how they can be protected from attacks by cyber predators. The field of cybersecurity is a constantly evolving one in which attack and defense strategies are constantly changing. In addition to providing some historical perspective, this seminar is meant to present to the students strategies that are under development and under test in real-world environments.

Prerequisites

2504 or CS 2504 or Senior Standing

This course builds on the base of knowledge developed in standard electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science courses or similar undergraduate program, including understanding of the fundamentals of computer systems, networking, programming, system analysis, and probability. Therefore, either one of the two broad-spectrum courses in EE or CS are prerequisite to taking the seminar course.

Major Measurable Learning Objectives

  • describe high-level technical aspects of cybersecurity breaches and defense mechanisms
  • discuss practical applications of cybersecurity policymaking and policies
  • discuss case-studies of historical computer security problems
  • explain protection mechanisms used in typical personal, industry, and government network and computer systems

Course Topics

Topic

Percentage of Course

1. Computer systems 14.3%
2. Networking 14.3%
3. Programming 14.3%
4. Hardware systems analysis 14.3%
5. Software systems analysis 14.3%
6. Probability 14.3%
7. Application specific cybersecurity 14.2%