The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is awarded an NSF grant to develop an interdisciplinary undergraduate course incorporating hands-on learning of computer security.
Dr. Chansu Yu from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in collaboration with Dr. Sanchita Mal-Sarkar from CSU's Department of Computer and Information Science and Dr. Swarup Bhunia from Case Western Reserve University, has been awarded $200,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on computer security. Existing undergraduate curricula often do not provide students with adequate insight into the full spectrum of security threats and respective protection approaches. This project aims at filling this gap with a course which will provide a comprehensive system-level view of computer security to students, so they can become more aware of diverse security issues and countermeasures as future developers and users of computer systems. A distinctive aspect of the project is the inclusion of a set of well-crafted experiments which can be highly effective in demonstrating the complex nature of system security and creating an understanding of the defense mechanisms. The exposure to security issues early in their career can provide undergraduate students with a competitive edge in the market place and stimulate their interests in security research.