Systems and Usable Security

By Prof. Neminath Hubballi   |   IIT Indore
Learners enrolled: 3830
This course will give an understanding of the principles of systems security from application viewpoint. Student will obtain hands-on experience on security threats and counter-measures. Goal is to study various types of threats, operating systems security, advanced topics on network security, web security and usable security. After the completion of the course, the student will have understanding of practical aspects of security and will be able to analyze and design the secure systems.

PRE-REQUISITE  :Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Discrete Mathematics
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :Cyber Security is an important aspect for every organization currently. Having knowledge about the threats and possible countermeasures will immensely benefit any organization in todays world.
INTENDED AUDIENCE :Final year undergraduate students of Computer Science and Engineering discipline.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction: Computer security concepts, threats, attacks; Malicious Software: Types of Malicious Software (Malware), Vulnerability, Exploits, Social Engineering–SPAM E-mail, Zombie, Bots, Keyloggers, Phishing, Spyware.
Week 2:Operating System Security: System Security Planning, Application Security, Linux/Unix Security, Windows Security, Virtualization Security
Week 3:Web Security: Secure E-mail and S/MIME, Domain Keys Identified Mail, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS), HTTPS, IPv4 and IPv6 Security, Public-Key Infrastructure and Federated Identity Management.
Week 4:Usable Security: Introduction to Privacy, Trust and Semantic Security, Visualizing Privacy, Web Browser Security and Privacy, Authentication and Text Passwords, Biometrics and Graphical Passwords.

Books and references

1. W. Stallings and L. Brown, Computer Security: Principles and Practice (2nd Edition), Prentice Hall, 2011.
2. M. Goodrich and R. Tamassia, Introduction to Computer Security, Addison-Wesley, 2010.
3. L. F. Cranor and S. Garfinkel Security and Usability Designing Secure Systems that People Can Use, 1st Edition, O’Reilly 2005

Instructor bio

Prof. Neminath Hubballi

IIT Indore
Neminath Hubballi received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Guwahati, India. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Computer Science, IIT Indore, India. Prior to the current role, he was with corporate research and development centers of Samsung, Infosys Lab. He has also worked with Hewlett-Packard. He has several publications in the areas of security. His areas of interests include networks and system security. He has served as a TPC member and the chair of several conferences. He is a regular reviewer of many security journals and conferences.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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