3 credit/unit hours – Three hours of lecture weekly; one term

This course offers in-depth coverage of the current risks and threats to an organization’s data, combined with a structured way of addressing the safeguarding of these critical electronic assets. The course provides a foundation for those new to Information Security as well as those responsible for protecting network services, devices, traffic, and data. Additionally, the course provides the broad-based knowledge necessary to prepare students for further study in other specialized security fields. It is also intended to serve the needs of individuals seeking to pass the Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) Security + certification exam (SY0-701).

Updated: December 8, 2023

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Describe why information security is essential in today’s IT environment;
  • Identify the goals of information security;
  • Describe common security threats and their ramifications;
  • Determine the factors involved in developing a secure information security strategy;
  • Identify common attacks and describe how to safeguard against them;
  • Describe communications, E-mail, Web, remote access, and wireless security issues;
  • Evaluate various network devices and media and how best to secure them;
  • Describe the basics of cryptography and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI);
  • Differentiate between physical security, disaster recovery, and business continuity;
  • Utilize network diagrams; and
  • Demonstrate appropriate and ethical behavior and good work habits

Main Topics

Section 1: General Security Concepts

Section 2: Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Mitigations

Section 3: Security Architecture

Section 4: Security Operations

Section 5: Security Program Management and Oversight