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Course Description

Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide the basic concepts in the many aspects of security associated with today's modern computer networks including local area networks and the internet. It includes the fundamentals of network architecture, vulnerabilities, and security mechanisms including firewalls, guards, intrusion detection, access control, malware scanners and biometrics.

Learning Objectives


  • Articulate the network security landscape as it pertains to cyber security past and present
  • Understand guiding security principles and practices including processes and policies of systems management
  • Identify risks and methods for improving security of operating systems and applications including web browsers, domains and servers
  • : Explain the fundamentals of security for network protocols and wireless technologies
  • Be knowledgeable of the various communications for maintaining security such as secret communications like cryptography and covert communications steganography; explain how these are applied in email, on servers and across networks
  • Recognize integrated cyber security for different types of devices (smartphones, computer tablets etc.) and how security is validated on computer systems
  • Apply the knowledge of Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems and their components for threat detection and response.


Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.