"They Know What You Did Last Summer": A Crash Course on Cyber Security and Privacy

Today, everything is being hacked! Laptops, mobile phones, ships, aircraft, cars, pacemakers, insulin pumps, and even teddy bear toys are being hacked. In this course, we will look at the fundamental principles of security and learn what goes into building secure systems.

The program will instruct students through lectures, hands-on experiments and projects, competitive team activities, and guest lectures. We will cover a wide variety of topics such as system and network security, online privacy, foundations of trust, and ethics. After this course, students will be able to describe and classify security goals and attacks on the cyber world. They will be able to identify the unique security implications and know how to build secure systems.

Learning Outcomes

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Cybersecurity foundational principles of confidentiality, authentication, and integrity

Networking Fundamentals

Basic understanding of wired and wireless networks

Real-world Security and Privacy

Understand and explore building secure communication and networking technologies through the study of popular systems such as GPS and WiFi. We will also take a look at the "Internet of Things" ecosystem and understand its security and privacy implications.

Software and Tools

You will learn to use state-of-the-art network analysis software (e.g., Wireshark) and signal processing software (e.g., MATLAB)

Project-based Learning

You will build simple wireless systems and learn to analyze their security properties

Program Prerequisite

Students should have a basic working knowledge of computers and know how to code basic computer programs.

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Program Tuition

The program tuition is $6,195. This includes: program tuition, course materials, housing, meals, and social activities.

About Northeastern University

Northeastern is a top ranking experiential research university that prides itself on academic rigor, a diverse and talented population of students and faculty, and a powerful learning model that combines the classroom experience with hands-on work experience.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact us at (617) 373-2200 or [email protected]