Tue, Thu 1:00pm–2:20pm, Computer Science 2120
Instructor: Michalis Polychronakis, office hours: Tue, Thu 5:30pm–7:00pm, NCS 355
Teaching Assistants: Seyedhamed Ghavamnia, Sarang Pande, office hours: Thu 5:00pm–7:00pm, NCS 340
Communication: Piazza


The course will introduce a wide range of topics in computer security and online privacy. The main objective of the course is to cultivate a security mindset by discussing various attack techniques and defenses. Some of the topics we will explore include: operating systems security, software security, vulnerability exploitation, basic cryptography, network security, malware, privacy, anonymity.


Study Material

There is no required textbook. The following books are recommended:

Additionally, there will be recommended readings for each lecture—see the schedule.

University Policies

Disability Support Services

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Academic Integrity

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Critical Incident Management

Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.