Syllabus for CYB-120
INTRODUCTION TO CYBERSECURITY
Introduction to Cybersecurity provides an introductory study of cybersecurity terminology, principles, and technologies. Fundamental topics covered include cyber threats and vulnerabilities, information security frameworks, network infrastructure security, wireless network security, cryptography, defense-in-depth security strategy, information security policy, and security management. The goal is to develop a foundation for further study in cybersecurity.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
CO1 Examine and identify threat agents and bad actors to networks including those involved in cyberterrorism and industrial espionage.
CO2 Analyze defense-in-depth as it relates to layers of the OSI model.
CO3 Interpret cyber defense concepts to determine practical implementation methods.
CO4 Formulate and hypothesize how to implement tools and methods in defense of an attack.
CO5 Analyze system compromise activities and mitigations.
CO6 Scrutinize the first principles of network security including security risk assessment.
CO7 Compare security mechanisms and determine how to implement them in a network.
CO8 Compare and contrast symmetric and asymmetric algorithms used in encryption schemas.
CO9 Analyze technologies and components used to defend networks against security issues to determine priority order in placement.
CO10 Implement and utilize network monitoring tools.
You will need the following materials to complete your coursework. Some course materials may be free, open source, or available from other providers. You can access free or open-source materials by clicking the links provided below or in the module details documents. To purchase course materials, please visit the University's textbook supplier.
Introduction to Cybersecurity is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, complete InfoSec Learning Labs, take quizzes, and complete a final project. See below for details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.
In addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum, you are required to participate in six graded online class discussions.
Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses.
All of these responses must be substantial. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position.
You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information to support your point of view, and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions: responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.
You are required to complete three written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. For specific details, consult the individual course modules.
You are required to complete and submit results for three Infosec Learning Labs for this course. Each lab is either 90 minutes or 120 minutes in duration, regulated by a timer. They are designed to be completed in one sitting to simulate a real experience, so you cannot save your progress to return later. For an optimal experience, use a Chrome web browser with an Internet connection to run the labs. While completing each lab, take a screenshot toward the end. Submit both the screenshot and your lab reflection to your mentor using the appropriate “Infosec Lab Results” link in Moodle. Your mentor will review your submissions and give you credit for each completed activity. Be sure to reference the Course Calendar for due dates.
Please see the Infosec Learning Labs section of the course website for further details and instructions.
You are required to complete six quizzes for this course, one per individual module. All quiz items are multiple-choice and you may use course materials when taking the quizzes. There is no time limit for taking each quiz.
Most students find that quiz-taking is an excellent way to master the fundamental concepts, terms, and events related to the course content. Therefore, you will be able to take each quiz an unlimited number of times, and the gradebook will record your most recent score.
This arrangement will allow you to go back and reread portions of the text that you need to review and then take the quiz again for further practice.
You are required to complete a final project which includes a risk assessment report based on the themes discussed in this course. The main purpose of this project is to tie the concept of risk to a holistic perspective of an organization’s processes. Be sure to visit the Final Project area of the course website for full requirements, details, and instructions for this project.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).
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