Course Number and Title: CS 683 Computer Security and Privacy
Location: HR 235
Schedule: TR 9:55-11:30am

Instructor: EJ Jung, HR 541
Email: ejung (at) cs (dot) usfca (dot) edu (preferred)
Phone: (415) 422-5422
Office Hours: M 10am-12pm, Th 2:30-3:30pm, and by appointment
Use Piazza for any course-related communication.

Textbook Recommended: Network Security Essentials 6th Edition. Other reference materials will be provided through the course website.

Course Goals and Objective
Privacy and security are one of the hottest and most serious issues these days. This course will cover a wide range of topics to prepare you for the privacy and security issues and concerns you will face in professional environments. The goal of this course is not to teach you how to encrypt a message using any particular encryption method, but to teach you to think analytically when you make privacy and security choices.

List of Topics

  • Public-key and symmetric-key cryptography
  • Secure hash
  • Public-key infrastructure
  • Web authentication
  • Wireless security
  • Spam filtering
  • Phishing
  • Denial of service
  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion detection
  • Virus and virus scan programs
  • Anonymity and privacy
  • Biometrics

Assignments and Labs
There will be weekly assignments or labs on most weeks. Refer to the Labs and Assignments tab for details. They are due at 11:55pm on their due dates, and the submission is through Assignments tab in Canvas. The deadlines are firm, i.e. there is no late day policy.

Your final grade will be calculated this way:

  • Participation and quizzes: 10%
  • On-paper Assignments: 20%
  • On-computer Labs: 30%
  • Midterm (in-class on Thursday, March 6): 20%
  • Final (10am on Tuesday, May 16): 20%
You may earn as must as 10% doing extra-credit projects. Extra-credit opportunities are announced throught the semester in class. Your final grade will be assigned as follows:
100 - 93.0 - A
92.9 - 90.0 - A-
89.9 - 87.0 - B+
86.9 - 83.0 - B
82.9 - 80.0 - B-
79.9 - 77.0 - C+
76.9 - 73.0 - C
72.9 - 70.0 - C-
69.9 - 0 - F

Students with Disabilities
If you are a student with a disability or disabling condition, or if you think you may have a disability, please contact USF Student Disability Services (SDS) at (415) 422-2613 within the first week of class, or immediately upon onset of disability, to speak with a disability specialist. If you are determined eligible for reasonable accommodations, please provide me with your SDS Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) form, and we will discus your needs for this course. For more information, please visit: or call (415) 422-2613.

I would like to hear from anyone who has a disability which may require seating modifications or testing accommodations or accommodations of other class requirements, so that appropriate arrangements may be made. Please contact me during my office hours or make an appointment.

Academic Honesty

Simply put, do not cheat and do not plagiarize or copy from other students or from the web. I expect all students to adhere to the academic honesty policies at USF. For more information, please refer to the Fogcutter Student Handbook.