COMP 301: Introduction to Computer Security

This is an introductory course on computer security covering a broad range of topics.

Credit Hours



Topics include basic security goals, encryption, penetration testing, software exploitation, reverse engineering, packet sniffing, and secure coding. The course teaches both the principles and concepts of computer security as well as some of the tools and technologies.


Students will learn to think like an adversary, find and exploit vulnerabilities in computer and network systems, understand cryptography and security goals, and learn about some of the commonly-used tools.