Course Number and Title: CS 686-01 Special Topics in Computer Science: Privacy and Security
Location: Harney Science Center 235 Kudlick Classroom
Schedule: MW 4:45-6:20pm

Instructor: EJ Jung, HR 541
Email: ejung (at) cs (dot) usfca (dot) edu (preferred)
Phone: (415) 422-5422
Office Hours: MW 2:30-4:30pm or by appointment
Note that the emails are the most preferred way of contact outside of office hours, and will be answered by the next business day. To ensure proper handling, please include "686" in your subject.

Textbook Required: Network Security Essentials. 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

There will be 3 assignments and 3 labs announced at the course websites. They are due at 11:59pm on their due dates, and the submission is through Assignments tab in Blackboard. The deadlines are firm, i.e. there is no late day policy. One of the labs will be a service learning, through which you'll provide a security service to a non-profit organization. Example tasks are securing wireless network, secure file sharing set-up, and secure backup system set-up.

Your final grade will be calculated this way:

  • Quizes: 10%
  • Assignments: 30%
  • Labs: 30%
  • Midterm: 15%
  • Final: 15%
and 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 - 67.0 - D+
66.9 - 63.0 - D
62.9 - 60.0 - D-
59.9 - 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
We will adhere to the University's Student Academic Honesty Policy available at: In this course you must do your own work on exams and homework, unless explicitly specified otherwise.

Note: This syllabus is subject to change.