Computer Systems Security

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This class deals with topics related to computer security. (Image courtesy of UK Ministry of Defence on Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0.)


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Fall 2014



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6.858 Computer Systems Security is a class about the design and implementation of secure computer systems. Lectures cover threat models, attacks that compromise security, and techniques for achieving security, based on recent research papers. Topics include operating system (OS) security, capabilities, information flow control, language security, network protocols, hardware security, and security in web applications.

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Nickolai Zeldovich. 6.858 Computer Systems Security. Fall 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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