COMPGA02 - Computer Security 2

This database contains the 2017-18 versions of syllabuses. Syllabuses from the 2016-17 session are available here.

Note: Whilst every effort is made to keep the syllabus and assessment records correct, the precise details must be checked with the lecturer(s).

CodeCOMPGA02 (Also taught as COMPM065)
YearMSc
PrerequisitesComputer Security I or equivalent introduction to security course highly recommended
Term2
Taught ByEmiliano De Cristofaro (50%) and Gianluca Stringhini (50%)
AimsProviding an advanced understanding of network and computer security vulnerabilities and countermeasures in real-world systems.
Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to think critically and creatively about security. They will learn how, when and why to apply security technologies for the most benefit. Students will be challenged with the study and the design of attacks and defenses to networks, systems, and software. 

Content

Network protocols and vulnerabilities; Network defenses; Network Security tools; Firewalls, Intrusion & Anomaly Detection, Anti-virus protection; Software and system security: threats, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures via real-world examples; Malware and botnets;  Wireless Security; Denial of Service; Web Security

 

Slides from 2014/2015 are available at: compsec2.cs.ucl.ac.uk

Method of Instruction

Lecture presentations and laboratory sessions with associated coursework

Assessment

The module has the following assessments:

  • Written Examination (2.5 hours) (70%)
  • Coursework (30%)

To pass this module, students must:

  • Obtain a mark of at least 50% for the module overall.

Resources

Reading list available via the UCL Library catalogue.