CSF 430 - Introduction to Information Assurance

Course Description

This online course provides an introduction to information assurance. It covers fundamental concepts necessary to understand the threats to security as well as various defenses against those threats. The material includes an understanding of existing threats, planning for security, technology used to defend a computer system and implementing security measures and technology. 4 credits.



Course Format

This course is composed of weekly modules that include an assigned reading, an online video lecture, a quiz, and a hands on assignment. Typically, new material for the week is released on Friday and due the following Friday. Students will have access to all of the necessary material through an online classroom that is maintained by the University. Part of this online classroom is a discussion board that allows students to anonymously communicate with each other and the instructor.

Course Topics

  • Overview of Information Assurance
  • Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Access Controls
  • Risk Management
  • Systems Operations and Administration
  • Security Standards and Education
  • System Security Policy Management
  • Legal and Business Issues in Security Policies
  • Security Policy frameworks
  • Designing and Implementing Security Policies
  • User Domain Policies
  • IT Infrastructure and Data Handling Policies

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