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Introduction to computer security, cybercrime, and cyberterror. The principles of engineering secure systems. How to think like a security engineer.

Engineering secure systems. How security fails. Security analysis and design. Private and public cryptographic protocols. Introduction to information security: Confidentiality, Integrity, Authentication, Non-repudiation, hashing, signatures, bits of security. Physical security, social engineering, sniffing, intrusion detection, prevention and response, firewalls, honeypots. Overview of vulnerabilities and exploits including areas such as buffer overflow, inter overflow, heap attacks, Return-Oriented-Programming, heap attacks. Principles of risk and security. Case studies drawn from the history of hacking and from current events.

Additional topics drawn from recent developments and current research in applied computer security.

There are numerous formative assessments and activities throughout the course to provide feedback and learning opportunities. These do not directly contribute to your final grade but are expected to be used to provide evidence of your capabilities in your portfolio.

A programming background is required , especially for the more applied topics. Students need a keen devious and analytical mind. To get the most from this course students will need to engage in independent study and research and be able to act as independent self-directed learners.

This is the extended version of COMP6441. In addition to the COMP6441 material above, this course includes coverage of reversing x86 machine code into C/C++ and an introduction to malware decomposition and analysis

Note: This course requires knowledge of C programming

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