CIS 490, Spring 2013

Practical Cyber Security

Course Goals

This course aims at providing an introduction to computer and information security. The course materials cover common attack techniques and basic tools for countermeasure. The goal of the course is to provide students some hands-on experience of the cyber security domain.

Course Schedule

Date Material Homework
Jan 24 Course intro and logistics (pdf).

Lecture 1: Basic Computer Security (ppt)

Homework 1: pdf
Jan 31 A few slides related to homework 1 (pdf).

Lecture 2: Web Security (ppt)

Homework 2: pdf
Feb 7 Revision and Discussion (pdf)

Lecture 3: Public WiFi Security (ppt)

Homework 3: pdf
Feb 14 Revision and Discussion (pdf)

Lecture 4: Home WiFi Security (ppt)

Homework 4: pdf
Feb 21 No Class (due to snow)
Feb 28 Revision and Discussion (pdf)

Lecture 5 Part I: Smart Phone Security (ppt)

Part II: Privacy Issues (ppt)

Homework 5: pdf
March 7 Lecture 6: Miscellaneus (ppt) Homework 6: pdf

Instructor and course meeting times

Instructor: S Roy, N324A
TA: None
Meeting time: Th 1:00-3:00, at Nichols 128
Office hour: set by email.
Distance-learning students: lecture videos will be posted the day after the lecture.


No prerequisites. Basic understanding of computer systems will be helpful but not required. This is a course that primarily targets freshman-level undergraduate students in any descipline.


There will be one assignment per week, which could be a computer activity, or a reading assignment. Class attendance and participation are highly encouraged. There will be no midterm or final exam. The break down of the final score of the course is:

Academic Honesty

Kansas State University has an Honor System based on personal integrity, which is presumed to be sufficient assurance that, in academic matters, one's work is performed honestly and without unauthorized assistance. Undergraduate and graduate students, by registration, acknowledge the jurisdiction of the Honor System. The policies and procedures of the Honor System apply to all full and part-time students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses on-campus, off-campus, and via distance learning. The honor system website can be reached via the following URL: A component vital to the Honor System is the inclusion of the Honor Pledge which applies to all assignments, examinations, or other course work undertaken by students. The Honor Pledge is implied, whether or not it is stated: "On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work." A grade of XF can result from a breach of academic honesty. The F indicates failure in the course; the X indicates the reason is an Honor Pledge violation.

Expectation of Classroom Conduct

All student activities in the University, including this course, are governed by the Student Judicial Conduct Code as outlined in the Student Governing Association By Laws, Article VI, Section 3, number 2. Students who engage in behavior that disrupts the learning environment may be asked to leave the class.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Any student with a disability who needs a classroom accommodation, access to technology or other academic assistance in this course should contact Disability Support Services ( and/or the instructor. DSS serves students with a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, depression, and anxiety.

Professors who helped me develop this course

Most of the materials in the course are jointly developed with Professor Simon Ou, Professor Gurdip Singh, and Professor Eugene Vasserman.

Funding Acknowledgment

The work presented on this site is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant no. 1129534. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Questions can be emailed to sroy (put some stuff here) ksu (a little dot) edu.