CS458/CS558: Introduction to Computer Security

Spring 2015

Course Information

Class Time and Place:

Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm -- 7:20pm, Lecture Hall 011


Guanhua Yan
Office: Q11, Engineering Building
Email: ghyan (AT) binghamton.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 4:00pm-5:00pm, Friday 2:00-3:00pm

Teaching Assistant:

Sanket H. Panhale
Office: G25, Engineering Building
email: spanhal1 (AT) binghamton.edu
Office Hours: 10:00-11:59am

Course Objective

This course provides a broad introduction to computer security. Topics covered in this course may include:

Text Books: (recommended but not required)

Mark Stamp, Information Security: Principles and Practice, Second edition.

Ross Anderson, Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems, Second edition.

Course Software:

C/C++, Java, Python, and Openssl.


Course slides are available on the blackboard system.


All assignments, which will be posted on the blackboard, should be done individually. No assignment will be accepted after 48 hours from the deadline. Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day.


Assignments: 20%
Course Project: 40%
Exam 1: 20%
Exam 2: 20%

Final grade will be calculated over the entire class. The TA will grade assignments and the programming project. If you have questions about the grading of assignments and the programming project, please first contact the TA. This is used to ensure consistent grading. If the issue has not been resolved by the TA, then talk to the instructor, preferably during office hours.

Academic Honesty:

All students should follow Student Academic Honesty Code.