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CSCI 227: Principles and Practices of Cybersecurity

Course Description:

CSCI 227 Principles and Practices of Cybersecurity  Three Credit Hours
Prerequisite: none
This course will provide an introduction to concepts related to Cybersecurity. Students will learn safe practices which can be deployed to secure computer systems. Students will gain an understanding of different tools which can be used to defend attacks on computer systems. Special emphasis will be given to systems and applications that non-CS majors will likely to encounter in daily life. In addition to lecture classes, security lab exercises will be conducted to perform hands-on experiments on safe security practices.

Major Topics:

  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Principles of Cybersecurity
  • Attacks and Defense Mechanisms
  • Introduction to Internets
  • Internet Security Risks and Defense Mechanisms
  • Mobile and Workplace Security
  • Security Policies
  • Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare
  • Encryption

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of Cybersecurity;
  • follow safe practices in order to secure a computer system;
  • define and classify malicious programs;
  • use different tools to defend computer systems; and
  • critique security and privacy policies.


Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security in Your World (Fourth Edition) by Mark Ciampa, Cengage Learning,2013 (Required)

Computer Security Fundamentals (Second Edition) by William (Chuck) Easttom, Pearson, 2011 (Recommended)

Projected Schedule:

Every Other Fall (Even Calendar Years)

Recent Syllabi:

Fall, 2014 Banik

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