CSE 564: Computer Security and Privacy (Fall 2020)

General Information

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am-12:50pm
Location: Zoom (See Canvas for link, requires login to UW Zoom)

Instructor: David Kohlbrenner <dkohlbre@cs.washington.edu>
Teaching Assistant: Christine Geeng <cgeeng@cs.washington.edu>

Discussion Board: Ed board (access code will be sent via email after first class)


Computer systems play a critical role in modern society. Unfortunately, there exist individuals -- including vandals and professional criminals -- who wish to compromise the security and privacy of these computer systems. Computer security is the discipline dedicated to protecting computer systems and their users from the malicious actions of adversaries. This course is designed to bring participants to the forefront of modern computer security research, thereby giving students the foundations for advancing the state-of-the-art in the field. This course also targets individuals in other fields who wish to address security and privacy in their own research.

We begin by defining the field of computer security, introducing key concepts such as adversaries, threat models, risk management, defenses, and deterrents. We then study the central themes of modern computer security research, including: human aspects; attack creation and modeling; attack detection and measurement; cryptography and communications security; system design and implementation; web and smartphone security and privacy; and side channels. Because of its strong research focus, participants in the course will read and discuss research papers, as well as conduct independent research in a topic related to computer security.