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Intro to Information Security

Georgia Institute of Technology via Udacity

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Overview

This course provides a one-semester overview of information security. It is designed to help students with
prior computer and programming knowledge — both undergraduate and graduate — understand this important
priority in society today. The technical content of the course gives a broad overview of essential concepts and
methods for providing and evaluating security in information processing systems (operating systems and
applications, networks, protocols, and so on).

In addition to its technical content, the course touches on the
importance of management and administration, the place information security holds in overall business risk,
social issues such as individual privacy, and the role of public policy.



Why Take This Course?

Syllabus

The course will be organized around a few broad themes:

• Foundations: security mindset, essential concepts (policy, CIA, etc.)

• Software security: vulnerabilities and protections, malware, program analysis

• Practical cryptography: encryption, authentication, hashing, symmetric and asymmetric crypto

• Networks: wired and wireless networks, protocols, attacks and countermeasures
• Applications and special topics: databases, web apps, privacy and anonymity, voting, public policy

The course is divided into three parts:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:

Taught by

Mustaque Ahamad and Wenke Lee

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Dissipate D
1.0 2 years ago
by Dissipate is taking this course right now and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This appears to be an older course at Udacity taught by instructors from Georgia Tech. At Udacity it is described as "a graduate-level introductory course in information security" which "teaches the basic concepts, principles, and fundamental approaches to secure computers and networks". A range of topics are touched on - software, OS and database security, crytopgraphy, malware, network threats. The recommended textbook is Computer Security Principles and Practice 3E.

Firstly, I have to say that the recommended text is in no way a textbook for beginners. There is a review of it o…
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Greg H
2.0 a year ago
by Greg is taking this course right now.
Instructor isn't particularly good at explaining things and is difficult to follow. Lots of "this's" and "thats" and "its" and not enough naming or reminding the student of exactly what he's referring to. To compound the problem he points to blank spots on the slides when discussing them so I often have no idea to which part of the slide he's referring. Would be better if he explained things in a more linear fashion, for example, if he would finish explaining a term and its relevance immediately after introducing instead of introducing new terms and then fully explaining earlier ones later. Will probably not continue with this course.
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