- Fall 2013:
- CS 166
- CS 265
Cryptography & Computer Security
- CS 266
Topics in Information Security
- In 2011, the second edition of my textbook,
Information Security: Principles and Practice
was published. I'm told that
the book makes a wonderful gift for any occasion
(here's one satisfied customer).
You can read the reviews
at amazon.com and Rob Slade's
review can be found here (Slade seems to have read and reviewed virtually every security book ever written). The book also topped the list
of "most relevant" references for Ron Rivest's
Computer and Network Security course
at MIT (there is no required text).
- In 2007, I co-authored another textbook,
Applied Cryptanalysis: Breaking Ciphers in the
Real World, with
Richard M. Low. As the title suggests,
the book is focused on
real-world ciphers and attacks that actually
produce plaintext and break real systems.
This eagerly anticipated book has been available
to the general public since May 2007.
- What kinds of projects do my students do? I'm glad
you asked. Most of my students do security-related projects
and there are tons of good project topics in security.
- Masters student projects (titles and completed reports)
can be found
- Undergraduate projects are given
- What kind of teacher am I? I've posted
selected student comments from
my teaching evaluations. Of course, you can also check
out my reviews at My_Professor_Is_A_Jerk.com (or something like that).
Personally, I never look at those kinds of sites,
for fear of what I might find.
- Links to many of the papers that I've written are
The Google Scholar summary of citations of my articles can be found
here. Microsoft Academic provides similar (although, strangely, much less complete) information here.
- I've recently put together
of information security journals, with a brief comment on each.
- Recently, I was interviewed about my malware-related research
by the editor of a hackers' online e-zine. This scintillating,
tell-all interview can be found at
(the link to the complete issue is
- My detailed cv can be found
- Yes, I do have a life (well, sort of...).
A few relatively recent photos can be found
- The best way to contact me is via
If you are local, feel free to stop by my office to chat.
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Last Modified: August 20, 2013.