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CS 6035: Introduction to Information Security


This is a graduate-level introductory course in information security. It teaches the basic concepts, principles, and fundamental approaches to secure computers and networks. Its main topics include: security basics, security management and risk assessment, software security, operating systems security, database security, cryptography algorithms and protocols, network authentication and secure network applications, malware, network threats and defenses, web security, mobile security, legal and ethical issues, and privacy.


You should have taken an undergraduate level course on, or be otherwise familiar with, operating systems and networks. Prior programming experience with C or Java is recommended. Knowledge of algebra and discrete mathematics is also recommended.


Computer Security: Principle and Practice, 3/E, by William Stallings and Lawrie Brown.

A recommended supplementary textbook is: Applied Information Security: A Hands-on Approach, by David Basin, Patrick Schaller, and Michael Schlapfer.


Grading will be based on:

  • 40% Homework assignments
  • 20% paper-and-pencil (T/F, multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank)
  • 4 projects: your best TWO will be counted at 10% each
  • 25% Midterm and 30% (cumulative) Final
  • 5% Class participation


Professor Wenke Lee

  • 3222A Klaus Advanced Computing Building
  • wenke.lee@gmail.com


  • Chidong Xue, cxue8@gatech.edu
  • Cong Zheng, cong@gatech.edu
  • Haoran Ma, hma@gatech.edu
  • Prabhendru Pandey, ppandey8@gatech.edu
  • Akshar Rawal, arawal@gatech.edu
  • George Wang, gwang312@gatech.edu


          Lesson                Preparation/Reading
1   Security Mindset                Chapter 1 
2   Software Security               Chapters 10 and 11|
3   Operating Systems Security      Chapter 12
4   Authentication                  Chapter 3
5   Access Control                  Chapter 4
6   Mandatory Access Control        Chapter 13
7   Database Security               Chapter 5 
8   Malicious Code                  Chapter 6 
9   Modern Malware                  Chapters 6 and 7
10  Firewalls                       Chapter 9
11  Intrusion Detection             Chapter 8
12  Introduction to Cryptography    Chapter 2
13  Symmetric Encryption            Chapter 20
14  Public-Key Cryptography         Chapter 21
15  Hashes                          Chapter 21
16  Security Protocols              Chapter 23
17  IPSec and TLS                   Chapter 22
18  Wireless and Mobile Security    Chapter 24
19  Web Security         
20  Security Management and
        Cyber Risk Assessment       Chapters 14 and 15
21  Law, Ethics, and Privacy        Chapter 19