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Stanford University Announces Online Computer Security Certificate Designing Secure Software From the Ground Up
[March 15, 2005]

Stanford University Announces Online Computer Security Certificate Designing Secure Software From the Ground Up

STANFORD, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- March 15, 2005 -- The Stanford Center for Professional Development announced a new online computer security certificate to teach software architects, engineers, designers, and development teams how to build security into programs from the initial design phase as well as techniques to improve existing software. The program consists of three online courses, each course approximately two hours in length. Courses are self-paced and available at any time.

"Security is a critical issue in today's computer systems. The Stanford Computer Security Certificate program will teach participants important techniques for building robust and dependable systems," says Hector Garcia-Molina, Professor of Computer Science and of Electrical Engineering at Stanford. Topics covered include buffer overflows, SQL-injection attacks, off-line dictionary attacks, authentication, access control, data integrity, symmetric encryption, public-key cryptography, and more. Detailed information about the program and courses is available at

"Computer science is a relatively young field and security has not been built into many of the academic degree programs and certifications currently available," says Neil Daswani, Stanford Ph.D. and course instructor. Dr. Daswani has served in a variety of research, development, teaching, and managerial roles at Stanford University, Yodlee, and Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies). He has published extensively and frequently gives talks in the areas of network security, wireless data technology, and peer-to-peer systems. He also holds two U.S. patents.

The Stanford Center for Professional Development offers graduate degrees, credit courses, certificates and professional development courses to meet the career-long learning needs of engineers, scientists, technology professionals and managers. Courses are delivered via the Internet and local area broadcast as well as on campus. For more information visit

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