Computer and Network Security

EECS 588 — Winter 2012

Overview | Schedule | Readings | Attack Presentation | Course Project

Your course project should address an important, interesting security problem. You may choose a research-focused topic (something that could turn into a conference paper) or an industry-focused topic (something that could turn into a marketable product), though your work does not necessarily have to be ready for publication or sale by the end of the term.

Project Proposal — Due Tuesday, February 21 at 5pm

Your proposal should consist of a 2-3 page description of your project that includes the following:

  1. Group: Group member names and uniqnames
  2. Title: What would you call the eventual paper or product?
  3. Problem: A description of the problem you will address and why it is important.
  4. Context: A brief survey of related work and past approaches to the problem.
  5. Approach: How you will address the problem and how your approach differs from past work.
  6. Evaluation: How you will test how well your approach works and evaluate its performance.
  7. Scope: What you plan to accomplish and deliver by the checkpoint and by the end of the semester.
You're welcome to come see me during office hours, or make an appointment, if you need help selecting a topic. Email your proposal to .

Project Checkpoint — Due Friday, March 16 at 5pm

Write a concise status report (no more than two pages) answering the following questions:

  1. What have you accomplished so far? Which do you have left to do?
  2. Are you on track to complete what you proposed?
  3. Have you encountered any surprises or unexpected problems?
  4. If you're having problems, how do you intend to solve them or work around them?
  5. Can you draw any preliminary conclusions from your results so far?

Email your status report to . I'll send you feedback the following week. You're welcome to come see me if you need any additional advice on your project.

Project Presentation — In class, April 10 and 12

The last full week of class is set aside for the 4th Annual EECS 588 Security Symposium. Each group will give an in-class presentation about their results, in the style of a brief conference talk. These will be rapid fire talks; you'll have up to 10 minutes to speak and 1 minute for a question.

Preliminary program:

Tuesday, April 10

Session 3: Usability

Thursday, April 12

Session 5: Hardware/Embedded

Session 6: Mobile

Final Report — Due Friday, April 20 at 5pm

Your group's final project report should be written in the style of a conference submission, like most of the papers we have read this semester. Please include an abstract, an introduction that motivates the problem you are trying to solve, a related work section that differentiates your contributions, and detailed sections about your methodology and results.

The length of your report should not exceed 8 typeset pages, excluding bibliography and well-marked appendices. There is no limit on the length of appendices, but graders are not required to read them. The text must be formatted in two columns, using 10 point Times Roman type on 12 point leading, in a text block of 6.5” by 9”. If you wish, you may use any of the USENIX template files. Please submit your report via email to .