Latest Revision: 11/2/2017

California State University Stanislaus

CS 4840
Megan Thomas
Fall 2017

Article Review Assignments

Assignment loosely based on an assignment by John Sarraille.

YOU WILL BE WRITING A REVIEW OF A SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE

Computer security is an extremely fast-moving field. To stay current, a person needs to be able to independently understand discussions of the latest discoveries in the field.

To foster your inquiry into these topics, I am assigning you to write a review of an article on some aspect of computer security.

You must select a technical paper from the 26th USENIX Security Symposium. Thanks to the generosity of the USENIX research community, all of their technical papers, and videos of the presentations made by the authors at the conference, are available on the USENIX web site.

Technical papers are listed here, grouped into "Tracks" with named themes like "side-channel attacks I" or "web security III." Technical papers are all included in 'available media' and you must select a paper to focus on. Papers include details that do not make it into presentations, due to speaking time limits, so it is expected that each student will read the paper they select.

(Note: Do not select a keynote address or invited talk as your focus, though it might be worth your time to watch the video of an invited talk if the topic looks interesting to you. Invited talks are usually by "big names" in a field.)

THE FORMAT OF YOUR REVIEWS


THE CONTENT OF YOUR REVIEWS

In your reviews:

HOW TO TURN IN AN ASSIGNMENT

Turn in the assignment in class on the due date or on any day before the due date. Upload your PDF or MS Word document to CS Homework site as a "Security Paper Review".