Computer Systems Security and Privacy

Course number: 
CIS 5107
Fall 2015
Name E-mail Office location
Ola Ajaj
Science Education and Research Center (SERC), Room 315
  • General background on operating systems, architecture, and languages,
  • Basic knowledge of object-oriented design.
  • Overview of technical aspects of data and network security with emphasis on the Internet.
  • Emphasis on design as opposed to just description or use of systems.
  • Analyzing Computer Security, by Charles P. Pfleeger and Shari Lawrence Pfleeger.
  • ISBN: 978-0-13-278946-2, 2012
Topics covered: 
  • Security is a fundamental issue in current systems and there is a strong demand for software engineers who can develop secure software and maintain secure systems.
  • This course exposes the required concepts and points the directions for further specialization.
  • The course is updated to reflect the latest advances in this topic.
Course goals: 
  • Security problems in the combination of the Internet with Intranets. 
  • Need to protect all architectural levels.
  • Understanding of how to coordinate hardware and software to provide data and network protection against internal and external attacks.
Attendance policy: 
Attendance to all meetings of the class is mandatory.
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (
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