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6.858 Computer Systems Security is the Course 6 EECS (Engineering) class I took with Nickolai Zeldovich at MIT as a Senior fall semester.

Class website: http://css.csail.mit.edu/6.858/2012/

Class Review

I liked the topic of this class. I listen to this podcast Security Now. I like that selection of topics better than this class. My least favorite part of this class were the weird unrealistic research systems. Plus, the exams are knowing the minutia of the systems which creates a grade distribution, but I think it does not correlate with being able to practice in the field.


I was surprised I got a pure A since I bothered the TAs a lot. At least for me the work was very front loaded.

Notes Quality

I think the notes were pretty good. I spent a great deal of time figuring out Lab 1.


No textbook.