CS 3525: Advanced Topics in Security and Privacy

Fall 2009

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    Prof. Adam J. Lee
    Office: 6111 Sennott Square
    Email: adamlee -at- cs.pitt.edu
    Phone: 412-624-8416
  • MW 4:00 - 5:15 PM, 5313 SENSQ
Office Hours:
  • MW 3:00 - 4:00 PM, 6111 SENSQ
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Course Description

Networked systems are becoming an increasingly prevalent and, in some cases, intrusive features in our everyday lives. Examples include online social networks, medical information systems, distributed sensor networks, and context aware applications. While these systems certainly provide users with many direct and indirect benefits, they also expose potentially sensitive personal and corporate data to risks such as unauthorized disclosure or unintended use (e.g., profiling).

This seminar course will cover recent research that aims to support the utility of the above types of systems, while still preserving data confidentiality and respecting user privacy. Specific topics will be selected from areas including flexible user authorization techniques designed for the above types of open networked systems; the enforcement of obligations on data retention and release; microdata publishing, private database management, and private data mining; pervasive monitoring technologies, such as location-based systems and RFID; and access control and privacy policy specification, management, and enforcement. Student grades will be based upon paper reviews, in-class presentations, and an individual or group research project building upon the themes discussed in this course.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.