Computer and Network Security

Grinnell College

CSC 214 · Spring, 2017

Class News

Final examination: Tuesday, March 16, 9 a.m., Noyce 3819.

Just in case you're interested, here's what the author of our textbook sees when he looks at the current state of computer and network security: “The Threat: A Conversation with Ross Anderson” (Edge, May 8, 2017). He sees the nature of his work differently now than he did ten years ago.

Assigned Exercises

Short Syllabus

In this course, we'll consider the security of computing systems and the networks over which they communicate, tools and techniques for undermining or for reinforcing the reliability and usability of computer systems, the theoretical concepts that underlie those techniques, and the ways in which governments, corporations, interest groups, and individuals currently use them.

The class meets in Noyce 3819, on Thursdays, from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m.

Our textbook is Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems, second edition (Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing, 2007; ISBN 978-0-470-06852-6), by Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. We'll supplement and update this textbook with blogs maintained by researchers and other professionals in the field of computer and network security. Here are a few that are reliable starting points:

The Instructor

The instructor for this course is John David Stone. My office is Noyce 3829, near the east end of the long corridor on the third floor of the Noyce Science Center, on the north side (facing Eighth Avenue). My telephone extension on the Grinnell College campus is 3181.

My office hours for spring 2017 are

or by appointment.

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