ISA 562; Fall 2014

Catalog Description

A technical introduction to the theory and practice of information security, which serves as the first security course for the MS-ISA degree, is required as a prerequisite for all subsequent ISA courses (at the 600 and 700 levels) and subsumes most topics covered by the CISSP examination. Also serves as an entry-level course available to non-ISA students, including MS-CS, MS-IS, and MS-SWE students.

Registration Dates: Apr 08, 2014 to Sep 02, 2014
Drop without Tuition Penalty Dates: Apr 08, 2014 to Sep 02, 2014
Drop with Tuition Penalty (and final drop deadline) Dates: Sep 03 to Sep 26, 20.
Prerequisite(s): INFS 501, 515, 519, and SWE 510, or permission of instructor.

Course Textbook: Computer Security, Art and Science by matt Bishop, ISBN 0-201-444099-7

Class Administration

Text Book:

Computer Security, Art and Science by matt Bishop, ISBN 0-201-444099-7

Class Time:

Monday 4.30-7.20 pm

Class Room:

Art and Design Building 2003


Duminda Wijesekera (dwijesek AT gmu DOT edu), 703-993-5030 or 703-993-1578

Office Hours:

Research Hall 436, M 3.30-4.30 and 7.30-8.30 or by appointment


Damindra Bandara,

TA Office Hours:

Thursday day 2.30-4.30 pm, in Engineering 4456


Five Homeworks=40%, In Class Midterm=30%, In Class Final=30%

Tentative Schedule



Book Chapter

HW / Exam


Aug 25

Introduction, Access Control Matrix

1, 2

HW 1 out

Sept 08

Access Control Mechanisms, Foundations

15, 3.1-3.3.2


Sept 15

Security Policies


HW 1 in HW 2 out

Sept 22

Confidentiality Policies



Sept 29

Integrity Policies


HW 2 in HW 3 out

Oct 06

Hybrid Policies



Oct 14

Mid Term

Mid Term Exam

Oct 20



HW 4 out

Oct 27

Key Management



Nov 03

Cipher techniques


HW 4 in HW 5 out

Nov 10




Nov 17


HW 5

Dec 01

Catch-up + Review 


Dec 05

Final Exam

 Final Exam



All homework solutions must be done individually. Written submissions should be handed lover to the TA, either through the Blackboard, email or mailbox.

Note on Exams:

In Class, closed book, closed neighbor, no electronics during exams.

Partial Credit:

Partial credit is given for incomplete proofs or counterexamples ONLY IF they can be completed as begun.

Honor Code:

GMU honor code applies to all submitted work for this course.