Security from Pathogens




Dale R. "Zai" Fox, Ph.D.



Office Hours:

5:00 - 6:00 PM
or by appointment





Schweitzer, Securing the Network from Malicious Code, Wiley, 2002.

Recommended References: Szor, The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense, Symantec Press/Addison Wesley, 2005.


Grades will be based on homework, tests and labs.  But since the labs don't seem to be forthcoming this will be reduced to just homework and tests. 

Overall homework will count for 50% of your grade and there will be three of these.  The other 50% of your grade will be based on two tests, a midterm and a final.

In order to receive full credit on any homework assignment it must be turned in on time.  If it is between one and three days late you lose 10 PTS.  If it is more than three days late you lose 20 PTS.

Description: This course will focus on pathogenic attacks on computing systems.  The more general word pathogen is used to refer to a whole host of different types of attacks that have certain commonalities.  The list of pathogens we will focus on includes
  • viruses
  • worms
  • trojans
  • rootkits
  • spyware

To see more about the course content you should look at the links for the course below.



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