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Cybersecurity Capstone Project

Course Summary

This course presents an intensive experience during which students build a software system they intend to be secure, and then attempt to show that other students' projects are insecure, by finding flaws in them.

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    Course Syllabus

    The capstone course lasts six weeks:

    1. Week 1, Background, preliminaries: Re-capping prior course knowledge, forming teams, additional preparation
    2. Weeks 2-3, Developing a secure system: Students will design and implement a secure system according to a provided specification, with points awarded for performance and functionality
    3. Weeks 4-5, Auditing: Teams will be tasked with finding flaws/bugs in other teams' code, with points awarded for each (unique) flaw found
    4. Week 6, Fixing: Teams may fix flaws in their own code, found by others, in order to gain points back

    After the sixth week, the winners are declared, with separate categories for the best "builders" and the best "breakers".

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    Course Format

    The class consists of intense programming and code reviewing tasks carried out at home, in teams, with work submitted to, and assessed by, the contest web site.

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1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Telecommunications Community

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