College of Engineering

CyberSecurity Courses

Course Descriptions for the Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

COMP 320 – Fundamentals of Information Assurance                                                  Credit 3(3-0)

This course covers concepts in computer network and information security. Topics include: software strategies for exchanging secure data and encryption standards. Strategies for the physical protection of information assets are explored. Issues involving information security management within an enterprise are covered, including suitable organizational policy, plans, and implementation strategies. Ethical issues, such as monitoring employee computer use and proper limitations on the use of customer data, are also discussed. Prerequisite: COMP280 (F;S;SS)

COMP 420 – Applied Network Security                                                                         Credit 3(3-0)

This course covers network security concepts and various network security practices and solutions. Topics include cryptography, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), taxonomy of various attack methods, firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, Internet Protocol (IP) security, and web security. Prerequisite: COMP285 (F;S;SS)

CRJS485 – Special Topics in Criminal Justice: Cybercrime and Investigation               Credit 3(3-0)

This will be a cross-disciplinary course (computer science & criminal justice) that looks at the emerging crimes which are either singular or ongoing and involve the theft and/or destruction of information, resources, or funds due to the utilization of computers, computer networks, and the Internet. It will examine the various developments in the field of hardware and software and their contribution to the growth of the Internet and online services for consumers. The role of federal agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Secret Service with respect to jurisdiction and investigative functions regarding cybercrime will be examined. The specific role, composition, and function of enforcement agencies such as the Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTF), Interagency Telemarketing and Internet Fraud Working Group, and the Internet Fraud Complaint Center will be delineated. The mission of the cybercrime enforcement agencies with respect to the prevention and detection of attacks on the U.S. financial institutions and critical structures will also be examined. Prerequisites: None.

CST 315 – Network Security for Information Technology Professionals                        Credit 3(3-0)

This course focuses on basic concepts in network security. It aims to introduce students to the fundamental techniques used in implementing secure network communications, and to give them an understanding of common threats and attacks, as well as some practical experience in attacking and defending networked systems. Prerequisites: None. (S;SS)

CST 326 – Database Security                                                                                          Credit 3(3-0)

This course explores policies, methods and mechanisms for protecting enterprise data. Topics include data reliability, integrity, confidentiality, discretionary and mandatory access controls, and secure database architectures. Prerequisites: CST325. (S;SS)

ECEN 421 – Embedded Systems Design                                                                        Credit 3(3-0)

This course is a survey of modern methods for specifying algorithms, simulating systems, and mapping specifications onto embedded systems. It presents an introduction to the technologies used in the design and implementation of programmable embedded systems, such as programmable processors, cores, memories, dedicated and configurable hardware, software tools, schedulers, code generators, and system level design tools. Prerequisites: ECEN 427.

ECEN 452 – Wireless Communication Systems                                                            Credit 3(3-0)

This course is an introductory level of wireless communications. Fundamental theory and analysis of wireless mobile communication systems are introduced, including characterization of radio propagation, channel modeling and coding, and a summary of wireless communication standards and multiple access techniques. Also covered are an overview of information networks and a comparison of wireless and conventional communication systems. Prerequisite: ECEN 400. (F;S;SS)

ECEN 485 – Special Topics in Engineering: Android Application Development          Credit 3(3-0)

This course introduces Android Programming. Topics such as installation of development tools, phone resources, user interfaces, and user data will be covered. Advanced topics such as sensors, SQLite and publishing to the Android Market will also be discussed. This course will solidify basic android concepts, how to use resources correctly and how to push updates as needed. Students must complete projects and a case study. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (F;S;SS)

ISEN 380 – Information Technology for Industrial and Systems Engineers                   Credit 3(2-2)

This course introduces the planning and design techniques used for enterprise information systems. The course addresses basic concepts of database systems, network systems, system analysis and planning, and human-computer systems. Systems concepts, fundamentals of VBA, and the role of computers in industrial and systems engineering are stressed. Prerequisite: ISEN 162 or Computer Programming. (F;S)

COMP 620. Information, Privacy and Security                                                             Credit 3 (3-0)

This course examines the security and privacy issues associated with information systems. There are cost/risk tradeoffs to be made. Topics discussed include technical, physical, and administrative methods of providing security, access control, identification, and authentication. Encryption is examined, including Data Encryption Standards (DES) and public key cryptosystems. Management considerations such as key protection and distribution, orange book requirements, and OSI data security standards are covered. Privacy legislation is covered, as is current cryptographic research. Prerequisite: Computer Science Junior or Senior standing and GPA of 3.25 or above)

COMP 621. Web Security                                                                                              Credit 3 (3-0)

This course focuses on the technologies that provide security services for the World Wide Web. It introduces a set of procedures, practices, and technologies for protecting web servers, web users, and their surrounding organizations. We discuss, understand and use various security technologies for the World Wide Web (WWW). How to use these technologies to secure WWW applications will be addressed. Prerequisite: Computer Science junior or senior standing and GPA of 3.25 or above)