Spring 2022 - CMPT 318 D100

Special Topics in Computing Science (3)


Class Number: 6070

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

    Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 225 with a minimum grade of C-. Additional prerequisites to be determined by the instructor subject to approval by the undergraduate program chair.



Special topics in computing science at the 300 level. Topics that are of current interest or are not covered in regular curriculum will be offered from time to time depending on availability of faculty and student interest.


This course introduces cybersecurity and explores cyber situational awareness methods and threat intelligence models. Cyber security analytics and probabilistic modeling for threat detection and response (mitigative action) will play a central role. Coursework involves using the R language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Fundamental principles and practices of cybersecurity risk assessment, intrusion detection and prevention, critical infrastructure protection will be discussed in detail.


  • Probability theory and probabilistic modeling
  • Stochastic processes and Markov models
  • Cyber threat analysis and intrusion detection
  • Advanced persistent threats and zero day exploits
  • Time series analysis and forecasting
  • Anomaly detection and scoring methods
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Blockchain technology



The course has three tests (worth 30% of the total grade), three graded assignments (worth 20%) and a term project organized as group project with a project report and presentation in class (worth 45%). There will also be reading assignments and several tutorials. Class participation accounts for up to 5% of the total grade. This grading scheme is tentative and to be finalized during the first week of classes.



An Introduction to Statistical Learning with Applications in R, G. James, D. Witten, T. Hastie, and R. Tibshirani, Springer, 2017
ISBN: 978-1461471370

How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk, Douglas W. Hubbard and Richard Seiersen, John Wiley & Sons, 2016
ISBN: 978-1119085294

Registrar Notes:


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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.