CSCI490 – Summer 2016 – Syllabus


Aspen Olmsted
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Tel: 843.953.6600
Email: Please use with Subject = CSCI392
Office: Harbor Walk East 315
Office hours: Via Email

Class place and time

Harbor Walk East 105F MTWRF 8:30am – 12:00pm

Catalog description

CSCI 490 Applied Cyber-Security Software Penetration Testing –

The class will use a real life system to demonstrate how software should be built securely.  A sponsor organization will provide access to their enterprise cloud based solution.  The students will work together in class on the system under investigation to apply the learning done outside of class in all the domains of cyber–security.  Students in the class will document the semester-long audit in individual assignments.

Prerequisites: CSCI 221.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand how vulnerabilities exist in enterprise software
  • Develop solutions to eliminate or minimize vulnerabilities
  • Design Secure Architectures

Required text


Grading scale

100-92 (A); 91-89 (A-); 88-86 (B+); 85-82 (B); 81-79 (B-); 78-76 (C+); 75-72 (C); 71-69 (C-); 68-62 (D); else (F)

Evaluation schedule

50% Class Discussion Participation
40% Vulnerability Documentation
10% Research Paper Presentation

Class Discussion Participation

Each class we will discuss and evaluate an enterprise solution  You are expected to contribute you opinions as we work through potential vulnerabilities.

Research Paper Presentation

Each student in the class will choose a research paper.  The student will give a 10 minute presentation to the class about the research paper.

Vulnerability Documentation

Over the semester students will student will write a short paper documenting a vulnerability we find over our investigation of the software

The paper will have have the following contents:

  1. Title
  2. Your name, 2nd author name, my name
  3. Abstract
  4. Introduction
  5. Related Work
  6. Hypothesis, Implementation & Results
  7. Conclusions

Classroom disruption

Please read the College of Charlestons Student Code of Conduct. When you come to class please turn off your cell phones and all other electronic communication devices. I do encourage discussion so if you have a question do not hold back from interrupting me if you are afraid I have moved on. If it is something I will talk about a little later, I will note it on the board so we do not forget.


If you have a documented disability and are approved to receive accommodations through SNAP Services, please contact me.

Student Honor Code

I expect you to abide by the Honor Code and the Student Handbook: A Guide to Civil and Honorable Conduct. If you have a question about how to interpret the Honor Code, ask before acting! I encourage collaboration, but you must document it. Thus, each student will submit their own homework and, when collaborating, provide a reference to those people and documents consulted.

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