CS 505 Computer and Information Security

Spring 2019


Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Credits: 3:00
Instructor: Binto George

Methods of protecting computers, devices, networks, software and data from undesirable access, modification or damage. Modern cryptographic methods, security protocols, network security, web application security, cloud security, software security and usable security.

Prerequisites: CS 351 or CS 500 or permission.


  1. Does the course require prior background in Security?
    No, the course does not assume prior background in Computer Security.
  2. Does the course involve a lot of programming?
    No, this is mainly a concept course. However there may be a few realtively simple programming assignmnets.
  3. I really love cheating. Can I fail if I caught cheating or copying from another student?

More questions or need more information, please contact b-george@wiu.edu

Optional Textbook: Computer Secuirty - Art and Science Matt Bishop, Pearson Addison-Wesley ISBN 978-0-321-71233-2


  1. Our Usable Security Project
  2. (Funded by National Science Foundation)
  3. A database security course on a shoestring (ACM SIGCSE paper)
  4. A method for incorporating usable security into computer security courses. (ACM SIGCSE paper)
  5. Face to Face with Binto George(SciWri Interview)

About the Instructor

Binto George is a professor in School of Computer Sciences at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, USA. He joined WIU after working at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. Dr George received his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Dr George has several publications in Computer Science and has been the principal investigator of National Science Foundation funded curriculum research. He loves teaching and developing new courses. He is committed to making Computer Science accessible to all. Dr. George is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Computer Science Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.


  1. Artificial Intelligence Simplified, Understanding Basic Concepts w/ Gail Carmichael. CSTRENDS LLP, ISBN-13: 978-1944708009.
  2. Multilevel Secure Transaction Processing. w/ Vijay Alturi and Sushil Jajodia, Kluwer, ISBN-13: 978-0792377023.