MSI 416: Information Decision Systems II

Spring 2002 Syllabus

Instructor Information

Sanjay Goel picture

Sanjay Goel

Office: BA 310b
Hours: W 1 - 2:30pm & by appt.
PH: (518) 442-4925
FX (518) 442-2568
Email: [email protected]


Time:MWW 9:05 - 10:00am
Room:BA 231
Dates:March 4 - March 25

Available Lab(s):



This course is a three module course. This is the second module. In this module, Networking and Computer Security will be covered. The Networking portion will cover the OSI model, LAN, VPNs, and TCP/IP. The course will discuss vulnerabilities of the network and techniques for protecting data such as Cryptography and Steganography. Public Key Infrastructure which is currently used for secure data transmission over the web will also be discussed. By the end of the class, the students should expect to have a basic understanding of Networking and Computer Security.

Text & Reference Books

Reference: Business Data Communications and Networking by Raymond R. Panko
Text: Professional Java Security by Jess Garms and Daniel Somerfield
Reference: Hackers Beware by Eric Cole
Reference: Computer Networking, A top down approach featuring the Internet by James W. Kurose and Keith Ross.


Homework: 25%
Paper: 50%
Final Exam: 25%

Course Schedule

Week Date Topics Readings
1 3/04 Introduction & Internet 6-7 (Panko)
3/06 Layered Architecture 9 (Panko)
3/08 OSI Model Module A (Panko)
2 3/11 Routing Class Notes
3/13 Introduction to Security / Hacker Attacks Class Notes
3/15 Cryptography - Symmetric 4 (Java Security)
3 3/18 Cryptography - Asymmetric 5 (Java Security)
3/20 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) 6 (Java Security)
3/22 Watermarking and Steganography Class Notes
4 3/25 Exam Closed Book
5/6 Student Presentations
5/8 Student Presentations

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