Course Description

Computer Systems Security is a course that covers a wide range of topics related to securing computer systems and networks against unauthorized access, use, modification, or destruction. The course is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the security threats and vulnerabilities that exist in modern computer systems and networks, as well as the best practices and techniques for mitigating those risks. The course typically starts with an overview of the basic principles of computer security, including confidentiality, integrity, and availability, and the different types of security threats, such as malware, viruses, and denial-of-service attacks. It also covers the different types of security controls, such as access controls, authentication mechanisms, and encryption, and how they can be used to protect computer systems and networks. The course then delves deeper into the different aspects, including network security, operating system security, database security, and application security. It covers the various techniques used to secure these systems, including firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, antivirus software, and secure coding practices. Another important aspect of the course is the study of security policies and risk management. Students learn about the different types of security policies, such as access control policies, acceptable use policies, and data retention policies, and how they can be used to mitigate security risks. They also learn about risk assessment and management techniques, such as threat modeling and vulnerability scanning, and how to use them to identify and prioritize security risks. The course also covers the legal and ethical aspects of this course, including privacy laws, intellectual property laws, and cybercrime. Students learn about the different types of cybercrimes, such as hacking, identity theft, and cyberstalking, and the legal and ethical implications of these crimes. Overall, This course is an essential course for anyone interested in the field of cybersecurity. It provides a comprehensive overview of the different aspects of this course and the best practices and techniques for securing computer systems and networks against security threats and vulnerabilities. Students who complete this course will be well-equipped to pursue careers in cybersecurity and make a valuable contribution to the security of computer systems and networks. Author: Prof. Nickolai Zeldovich (MIT OpenCourseWare)