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This course covers both attacker and defender perspectives of applied information security. Topics will include networked and embedded applications, access control systems and their failure modes, privilege escalation, intrusion detection, privacy and data breaches and applied cryptography. Each topic will be approached through analysis and discussion of historical cybersecurity incidents and possible mitigations. Safe coding practices and OS flaw mitigation will be explored through case studies and reinforced through security sensitive programming projects. Coursework will include penetration testing, code auditing, and independent projects.

Prerequisites: ECE 303, ECE 357

Credits: 3.00

Course Code: ECE 455

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.