Software and Security

Course Number: 95-748

Department: Heinz College

Location: Pittsburgh

Units: 6

Semester Offered: Spring

This course exposes students with limited exposure to programming and software engineering development foundational concepts to enable further understanding of the challenges of insecure and vulnerable software. Students are exposed to basic programming constructs (such as variables, control structures, data structures, programming syntax) as well as the basic principles of object-oriented programming languages. The course also surveys the types of threats and vulnerabilities inherent in software and the origins of these deficiencies. A brief overview of secure coding concepts, principles and techniques are provided to students to provide exposure to how software can be made more secure and resilient and how security can be part of overall software development process.


Class format

Lecture and project-based

Home department


Target audience

Students in the Master of Information Systems Management program.

Background required

95-752 is a prerequisite.

Learning objectives

  • Investigate software security problems and understand principles and secure risk management framework
  • Understand set of software security best practices
  • Understand and practices secure software design and development practices
  • Learn how to implement software security in enterprise business

Faculty and instructors who have taught this course in the past

Hasan Yasar