Course Content

CS 4630 Defense Against the Dark Arts is a course about computer security, with a particular focus on malware, exploits, and mitigations for malware and exploits.

You may wish to look at the schedule.

Online logistics

See this page.


Course Staff and Resources


Linked off Collab.

Office Hours

Via Discord, see online logistics page.

Anonymous Feedback

Anonymous feedback is available through Collab. The instructor appreciates your feedback, especially when that feedback could be useful for improving the course.

This feedback is really anonymous. There is no way the course staff can find out who posted it, so the course staff cannot do much with complaints like “you misgraded my homework”.


Charles Reiss Email: Putting “4630” in the subject line is strongly recommended.


There is no required textbook. The books “The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense” by Peter Szor will be a source for some of the material in this course.

Other course policies

… are described on the policies page.