Computer and Systems Security

CS 205 - Spring 2022

OverviewSchedule/ReadingsAttack/Tool PresentationsCourse Project


Paper Response Guidelines

Write a ~400 word critical response and comments to each required paper. Focus on the following:

  1. State the problem that they try to solve and the main contributions.
  2. Describe the key insight or novelty of their proposed work or approach.
  3. What are the weakness/limitations of the paper? Write the criticisms.
  4. Any improvements or related ideas that you can suggest?

Your most important task is to demonstrate that you've read the paper and thought carefully about the topic. No copy and paste of the original paper text!

Paper responses are due before the start of class via Canvas Assignments.

Discussion Lead and Bonus

Please take a look at the papers in each session. If you are interested in leading the discussion of any session, you should sign up on the sign-up sheet in Canvas and get a bonus for waiving 4 paper summaries.
As a discussion lead, two tasks are expected: 1) You will provide a 20-min presentation of the paper that will be discussed in class with slides. 2) You should prepare yourself by reading the technical details carefully and coming up with a list of discussion points. The discussion points should be designed to engage students in critical and creative thinking. Think about the points ahead of time and be prepared to answer questions other students may throw at you.
Send ahead of time your discussion points to me on Canvas and get feedback from me. Please allow 2 days to receive the feedback. This will be a good opportunity for you to learn to discuss ideas around a research topic and it generally helps your presentation/communication skills.

Reading List

Most papers should be publicly accessible. If any links are broken, please search for them. If any of them require paid subscription, you can access them for free when connecting on campus. For off-campus access, try UCI VPN.

Week 1

Tuesday, March 29

Thursday, March 31 - Security Mindset

  • The Security Mindset, Bruce Schneier. 2008. -- No summary required; Just read this and come to class

Week 2

Tuesday, April 5 - Software Security I

Thursday, April 7 - Software Security II

Week 3

Tuesday, April 12
- Form your project group by today!

     No class since Alfred's travelling.

Thursday, April 14 - Software Security III

Week 4

Tuesday, April 19 – Malware & Isolation

Thursday, April 21 - Smartphone Systems Security I

Week 5

Tuesday, April 26 - Pre-Proposal Presentation

       No readings!

Thursday, April 28 - Smartphone Systems Security II

Week 6

Tuesday, May 3 - IoT/CPS Systems Security I
- Written proposal due!

Thursday, May 5 – Android Application Security: Guest Lecture, Prof. Joshua Garcia (Informatics)

       No readings!

Week 7

Tuesday, May 10 – IoT/CPS Systems Security II

Thursday, May 12 – IoT/CPS Systems Security III

Week 8

Tuesday, May 17 – Machine Learning Security I

Thursday, May 19 – Machine Learning Security II

Week 9

Tuesday, May 24 - Sensor/Analog Security

Thursday, May 26 – Physical Security

Week 10

Tuesday, May 31 – Project Presentation

       No readings!

Thursday, June 2 – Project Presentation

       No readings!

Week 11

Friday, June 10 – Project Report Due!