ITS102 (Section S20): Computer Security: Attacks and Defenses
Spring 2009

Course Description

Computer security is an increasingly important and difficult issue in our society. Why is it so hard to make a secure computer system? This course will explore some of the challenges, by looking at various kinds of attacks and how they can be prevented or mitigated. In the process, we will also learn about the design of modern computer hardware and software.


I use Blackboard to send email to the class, so make sure that your email address in Blackboard is up-to-date. I also post documents and assignments in Blackboard.

Course Information

Instructor: Scott Stoller
Meeting Time and Place: Friday, 10:40am-11:35am, in Gray A004
Office Hours: Tuesday, 11:30am-1:00pm, and Friday, 12:30pm-2:00pm, in Computer Science 1429. Also by appointment, and whenever I am in my office and not unusually busy.
Credits: 1


Grading. Attendance (taken every session): 30%. Project: 60%. Project presentation: 10%. Attendance has a significant weight in the course grade because there are no homework assignments on most of the material covered in class, so the only way I have of knowing whether students are learning that material is to observe students during class.

Integrity. In Fall 2006, the Undergraduate Council adopted the following statement and mandated that it be included in all undergraduate course syllabi.

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at

Disabilities. The Provost requests that the following information be included in the syllabus for every course. If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services at (631) 632-6748 or They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website: