Here are the planned topics for each week. This is tentative, because I may go slower (or faster) than this schedule shows, and I may add some topics and remove others. If there is something you want to hear about and it is not listed here, please ask me about it; I'm very willing to change topics based on class interest!
Topics: What is computer security? Policies, mechanisms, and assurance.
Topics: Why are programs so touchy? Bad, and good, programming practices.
Topics: How do you scramble information? ciphers and what "PKI" means.
Topics: Who are you, and how can you prove it? Identity and authentication.
Topics: How do I keep bad folks out? Access control on a system.
Topics: Why doesn't a firewall get hot? Controlling access to networks.
Note: midterm scheduled for November 1
Topics: Why can't I vote, or buy a house, over the Internet? E-voting and e-recording.
Topics: Are computer programs alive? Computer viruses, worms, and their ilk.
Topics: Is the web safe? The World Wide Web and security.
Topics: How do you make things safe? Basic assurance and validation