University of Southern California
lecture 4:30p - 5:20p, remotely via Webex
In the past century, information systems security was the limited focus of the military and the financial communities. Now, with the explosive growth and merging of telecommunications and computing, security has become an integral element of any reliable and robust information systems environment. This class will cover information systems security at the graduate level. Students should have a basic understanding of networking and operating systems prior to attending the class.
Welcome - I am happy to be at work this Fall at USC, and that you are with me. Thank you for the adjustments you perforce have made in order to convert to remote attendance and operation, wherever you are. I am going to make this semester's lab class better than its undisrupted former incarnation.
Fall 2021 CS530 grader position - information here. (11/13)
USC hardware and software for students - An avenue for any students who have remaining difficulty importing and running my supplied virtual machines in VirtualBox has been called to my attention. The University's VMware Academic Program offers free licenses to students for VMware Workstation for Windows and VMware Fusion for Macs. ova files are agnostic to the virtualization platform, and mine should load into VMware. It's been suggested that, on Macs, a VM that has trouble under VirtualBox may be free of that trouble under VMware. (Incidentally the machine started out under VMware, whence it was exported, imported into VirtualBox, and modified; it has a VMware ancestry.) As well, there is a Technology Assistance program that can provide host computers to students on a rental basis. (9/20)
Office hours Sunday 9/20 1pm - optional tech support and catch-up meeting. No formal agenda. Your questions on mechanics and the first labs so far. Zoom invitation will be emailed. (9/18)
Today's technical therapy session on VM installation issues - that is, office hours type get-together for collective help getting your VMs off the ground. 5-10 students attended. We discussed tips and diagnosed various difficulties. If you have the distributed VM downloaded and running, you won't much need to hear this recording but someone might. (9/6)
Virtual machine usage - you may have succeeded in downloading and
installing VirtualBox and my supplied base VM (last week's link below).
You may also have downloaded my scripts which clone the base machine,
and otherwise configure the clones. Now, when you boot one of these
machines up, how do you use it?
My supplementary RSA lecture available online
Tools for our use will be Webex/D2L and VirtualBox. I will give a weekly lecture thorough USC's Webex on D2L. It will be recorded. Corresponding lab exercises for you to perform will follow. Instructions for each lab exercise will be posted online weekly, here on this website (under respective lab-specific links at left). Most if not all of the lab exercises will be performed in VirtualBox virtual machines (VMs). We will make the needed, prepared VMs available as ".ova" files for you to import into VirtualBox on your machine. (8/28)
Lab calendar schedule -as currently anticipated for whole semester:
but expect possible adjustment to accommodate midterm week early October
1) prepare virtual platform
Email filter rule keywords we use for managing the 10 reports you submit to us are:
for the respective labs we do over 10 weeks. Please be sure to embed these keywords in the titles of the email messages in which you will submit your work. (8/28)