CS458/CS558: Introduction to Computer Security

Spring 2018


Course Information

Class Time and Place:

Tue. Thur. 4:25pm -- 5:50pm, SW 331 (Student Wing 331)


Ping Yang
Office: P11, Engineering building
Email: pyang[at]binghamton[dot]edu
Office Hours: Wed. 10am - noon

Teaching Assistant:

Di Mu
Office: H5, Engineering Building
email: dmu1binghamton[dot]edu
Office Hours: Fri. 3pm - 4:30pm, Wed. 1pm - 2:30pm

Nikhil Patil
Office: G25, Engineering Building
Email: npatil5@binghamton.edu
Office hours: Mon. Thurs. 3pm - 4pm

Course Objective

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

Text Book:

William Stallings Cryptography and Network Security Principles and Practice, Fourth/Fifth Edition. ISBN-10:0-13-187316-2, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-187316-2

Course Software:

gcc, g++, Java, and Openssl are available on bingsuns.binghamton.edu.


Course slides are available on mycourses


All assignments will be posted on mycourses.

Online Resources

Some interesting links


Assignments: 34%
Course Project: 18%
Exam 1: 20%
Exam 2: 20%
Attendance & Quizzes: 8%

Final grade will be curved 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. Questions regarding the survey project, exams, and final grades should be addressed to the instructor.

Academic Honesty:

All students should follow Student Academic Honesty Code (if you have not already read it, please read it carefully). All forms of cheating will be treated with utmost seriousness. You may discuss the problems with other students, however, you must write your OWN codes and solutions. Discussing solutions to the problem is NOT acceptable. Copying an assignment from another student or allowing another student to copy your work may lead to an automatic F for this course. You need ensure that your code and documentation are protected and not accessible to other students. Use chmod 700 command to change the permissions of your working directories before you start working on the assignments. If you have any questions about whether an act of collaboration may be treated as academic dishonesty, please consult the instructor before you collaborate.

Students with Special Needs:

If you have a physical, learning, or other disability that may impact on your ability to carry out assigned course work, please contact the staff in Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). SSD will review your concerns and arrage necessary accommodations.