Information Security for Everyone

The goal of this course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of information security principles. Students will learn about the types of attacks and malicious code that may be used against a computer, the threats and countermeasures for e-mail, Web, wireless, and identity theft. Further, they will learn about spyware, viruses, and firewalls. In addition, security policies, disaster recovery, and home networks are covered. There will be a variety of hands-on and case project assignments that reinforce the concepts covered in each chapter.

Learning Objectives
  • Explain and Identify top threats to a computer network such as DDOS, password crackers, Spyware and Malware, and how to prevent them.
  • Explain how to avoid online fraud and identity theft
  • Compare and contrast perimeter and layered approaches to network security using best practices
  • Explain and demonstrate how to guard against malware, including viruses, worms and trojan horses and how they propagate, and understand how virus scanners operate.
  • Describe related legal aspects to computer crimes, including cyber stalking
  • Explain security protocols and principles, such as CIA triad
  • Describe key terms such as assurance, authenticity, cracker and firewall
  • Explain the basics of modern cryptographic concepts and methods; encryption, digital signatures and certificates
  • Describe the basics of privacy, including the function of VPNs, browser settings and anonymity
  • Describe how to implement usable security such as passwords, authentication and physical security
  • Describe how to protect yourself against social engineering threats

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