Issues in Security, Privacy, and Anonymity – CSCI 620

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course covers security and privacy issues that arise in the field and how to mitigate them, including privacy of data, privacy preserving data mining, routing security, sensor network security, anonymous routing, and social networking.


CSCI 501 and (CSCI 502 or CSCI 605)


As today’s cyberspace expands its dimensions rapidly with new and exciting applications and features, it also brings along a range of new privacy and security risks. Thus, it is important for the students to be able to identify these risks and comprehend the current approaches and developments for mitigating the security risks and addressing privacy and anonymity concerns.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define quality of services a system wants to provide.
  2. Consider attacks on those systems and services.
  3. Design mechanisms to prevent these attacks.
  4. Integrate biblical principles within the field of secure software engineering.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

Discussion Board Forums are collaborative learning experiences. There will be 1 Discussion Board Forum in this course. The student is required to create a new thread in response to the provided topic for the forum. The new thread is to be a minimum of 400 words and demonstrates course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. The reply must be at least 200 words.

Writing Assignments (7)

There will be 2 types of writing assignments in this course. The first type of writing assignments will be answering to given questions relating to the topics of the course’s modules. The second type will be writing reviews of selected research articles. For each writing assignment, the student’s submission must be written in current APA format and must contain at least 1,000 words.

Course Research Project

The Course Research Project consists of 3 parts: introduction, related work review, and discussions. The student will write a research-oriented paper in current APA format that focuses on the selected topic. The final submission of the project must include at least 5 references in addition to the course’s reading materials and the Bible, and must contain at least 2,500 words.