Course Syllabus

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Course Introduction

Introduction to the skills and tools necessary to investigate network security. Packet capture, fuzzing, protocol analysis. Introduction to firewalls and intrusion prevention/detection systems.

Prerequisites: CS-372

Meet the Instructors

Scott Kerlin

Communication Policy

Please post all course-related questions in the Ed Discussions discussion boards so that the whole class may benefit from our conversations. Not all posts require a reply from the instructor or learning assistants and often it is better for students to work on an answer to a question themselves, helping cement understanding or locate resources to answer questions.

To contact the learning assistants, open Canvas Inbox, compose a new message, select this course, then next to the ‘To’ box click the address book, select “Teaching Assistants”, then choose the name(s) of learning assistants you wish to contact.

Please DM in Teams or email the instructor only for matters of a personal or private (grading) nature. The instructor or a learning assistant will reply to most course-related questions within 48 hours.

If there are questions about grading, please contact your assigned grader first but feel free to reach out to an instructor directly if there are still questions afterward.

Office Hours Schedule

See the course home page for list of office hours.

Below is a list of the instructional staff and grading assignments.

This table contains information regarding the graders for this course. Each row contains the data for a specific grader. There are 4 columns which are: Name, Role, Email, and Grading Range.
Name Role Email Grading range (last name)
Scott Kerlin Instructor (400)  
Ritika Vinayak Rane GTA  

The best place to ask questions and get help is on Ed discussions or Teams. If you'd like direct, personal help, our Office Hours for this course will be held on our Teams channel or on Zoom. The up to date list of office hours is provided on the Home page.

Note: Office hours will not be held during Finals Week, or on days that the University has off (holidays, inclement weather days, etc.). The Instructors and TAs reserve the right to cancel or move office hours, but will give appropriate warning, if possible.


Office Hours are held via Teams (

Discussion Board

Discussion Board via Ed Discussions (

General Resources

eCampus Resources (Links to an external site.) - These resources will be useful for all of your classes throughout the term... Library Information, Helpdesk Contact Info, Canvas Tech Support, etc...

Course Summary:

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