Syllabus for CYB-451



Cloud Security and Privacy provides an in-depth study of the security and privacy of cloud computing systems. Topics include cloud computing models, security risks associated with data and computation outsourcing, threat model, and cloud-based security controls and measures. The course also addresses the development of an audit to ensure operational integrity and protection of customer data in cloud-based resources, and it examines the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of cloud security and privacy.



After completing this course, students should be able to:

CO1        Appraise cloud computing architectures.

CO2        Identify the threats, risks, vulnerabilities, side-channel attacks, and privacy issues associated with cloud-based IT services. 

CO3        Implement safeguards and countermeasures for cloud-based IT services. 

CO4        Configure cloud services.

CO5        Apply security architectures that assure secure isolation of physical and logical infrastructures. 

CO6        Analyze industry security standards, certificates, regulatory mandates, audit policies, and compliance requirements.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook (e-book) is available from VitalSource: VitalSource

Required Textbook (e-book format)

ISBN-13: 978-1482260953 

Required Open Educational Resources


Cloud Security and Privacy 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 and a student progress assessment, take quizzes, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Promoting Originality

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 About SafeAssign.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete six graded discussion forums. The discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. In addition, there is one ungraded, but required, Introductions Forum in Week 1.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.


You are required to complete four quizzes. The quizzes are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules


Student Progress Assessment

You are required to submit a document (in MS Word format) that addresses six topics related to the first four modules of the course. This assessment is separated into two parts but should be submitted as one document through the Student Progress Assessment link. Part 1, worth 80% of the assessment grade, includes topics 1 through 4 and is based on a scenario. Part 2, worth 20% of the assessment grade, includes topics 5 and 6.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat on this assessment. In relation to this assessment, cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your assessment, the assessment will be declared invalid and you may fail the course.

Final Project

This is a hands-on project in which you learn to create and use cloud services. You will use Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the primary platform. You will discuss ways to monitor services with CloudWatch; security, identity, and compliance features such as IAM and Cognito; and intelligent threat-detection services such as GuardDuty.

You will need to create a free AWS account to complete your final project. You can do so at the following link: AWS Free Tier

The following video shows the kind of information you’ll need to provide to set up a new account. While setting up the account itself is free, and 12 months of usage is free (more than enough to complete your coursework), you will be required to indicate a form of payment (such as a credit card) to be charged only if you exceed the free usage time period. The video explains this requirement.

AWS Free Account Info 

Create your account early in the course, preferably by Week 2. 


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:






























Below 60

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).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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