CIS 890, Spring 2007

Research Topics in Security

Course Goals

Computer and information security is having an ever-increasing impact on people's day-to-day life. However, the current cyber warfare is highly tilted towards the attackers' advantage. It is extremely difficult to secure a large complex system. And an attacker only needs to get lucky once. Significant improvement is needed in today's state of the art for cyber defense technologies. In this course we will study several of the most pressing security problems nowadays, and try to find solutions to those open problems. The course is research-oriented and students are expected to work on challenging problems in the area of computer and information security. A great deal of the course is devoted to understanding security issues in real-life computer applications, with the expectation that good solutions be identified and developed. The goal of the course is to equip students with knowledge and techniques useful for addressing complex security problems they will find in the real world.

Course Schedule

Instructor and course meeting times

Instructor: Xinming (Simon) Ou.
Meeting time and place: Monday 3:30-5:10 and Friday 3:30-4:20 in Nichols 127
Office hours: by appointment


CIS798: Computer and Information Security, or instructor permission.


Questions can be emailed to xou (put some stuff here) ksu (a little dot) edu.