Understanding and Securing the Cyber Infrastructure

Scott Bradner, Senior Technology Consultant, Harvard University., Harvard Extension School

Today's world is a participatory cyberspace world. Not that long ago most people who used computers and data networks did not need to know much about how they worked, their capabilities, or their weaknesses. As computers and data networks invade almost all areas of modern day living and working it is becoming more important that people understand the technical underpinnings and operations, as well as the capabilities and weaknesses of these technologies. This is a companion course to CSCI E-45b. The goal of this pair of courses is to give students the tools they need to understand, use, and manage the technologies involved, as well as the ability to appreciate the legal, social, and political dynamics of this ever expanding universe and the interplay between the cyber and physical worlds. The pair covers the essential elements of computing and the history, structure, operation, and governance of the Internet. We also look at the interaction between security, privacy, and usability, the regulatory and legal environment of cyberspace, and the new dangers and opportunities brought to us by this brave new world. This course focuses on the fundamental workings of the digital world. From computing devices to the network to the broader Internet, students learn how each piece in this gigantic puzzle comes together to create the digital infrastructure on which the digital world is built. Students who have completed CSCI E-132 or CSCI E-170 in previous years may not count this course toward a degree. (4 credits)

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  • 3 September 2013
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