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IT 520 Enterprise Infrastructure and Networks

Covers the technology and management of the various components of today’s enterprise IT infrastructure, including hardware, software, and networks. The course examines network architectures, network protocols, net-work management, IT support models, performance metrics, and operating systems. It also considers data communication and messaging in a global context. (3)

IT 530 Computer Security

Provides an overview for the computer security risks facing enterprises today and covers the many options available for mitigation of these risks. Topics include security concepts, controls, and techniques; standards; designing, monitoring, and securing operating systems; hardware; applications; databases; networks (wired and wireless); and the controls used to enforce various levels of availability, confidentiality and integrity. Computer security is taught in the context of the increasingly global and distributed environment of today’s enterprise. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are also discussed. Prerequisite: IT 520. (3)

IT 535 Advanced Computer Security

A more advanced study of computer security, including coverage of topics such as authentication mechanisms, authorization techniques, security models, trusted computing, network architecture security, operating system security, cryptography, database security, physical security, Web security and network security protocols, such as IPSec and SSL. Prerequisite: IT 530. (3)

IT 537 Computer Forensics and Incident Response

Presents methods to properly conduct a computer forensics investigation and to handle a cybersecurity incident. The course begins with a discussion of ethics while map-ping to the objectives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification or the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) certification exam. Students should have a working knowledge of hardware and operating systems to maximize their success on projects and exercises throughout the course. (3)

IT 547 Security and Privacy of Electronic Documents

Focuses on the security and privacy of issues (technical and managerial) associated with the collection, storage, and dissemination of electronic documents. Topics include analysis of business, technology, and legal concepts behind the storage, communication, and retrieval of electronic documents including text documents, email messages, and instant messages. Protection mechanisms include encryption, digital signature, watermarking, redaction, and security classification. The course addresses specific applications of the technology to include medical and e-discovery. (3)

IT 552 Operating Systems

Covers the major features of today’s multi-user operating systems, including topics such as concurrent processing, CPU scheduling, deadlocks, memory management, real and virtual memory, secondary storage management, security, and file management. (3)

IT 557 Monitoring, Auditing, and Penetration Testing

Examines best practices for identifying vulnerabilities and preventing attacks. This course is designed for cybersecurity personnel who are responsible for the management of cybersecurity in an organization and who will oversee processes and procedures that demonstrate the validity and quality of cybersecurity within an organization through monitoring, auditing, and penetration testing. Prerequisite: IT 530. (3)

IT 560 Cryptography

Presents a detailed understanding of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography. This course includes a discussion of the history of cryptography and cryptanalysis. It covers the algorithms for modern ciphers such as AES, DES, RSA, and RC4. The topics of key exchange and management, digital signatures, secure hashes, and steganography are covered. Prerequisite: IT 535. (3)

IT 567 Global Cybersecurity

Examines the global scope of the Internet and the security of cyberspace to ensure openness in a networked world, including areas such as business, politics, crime, and warfare. This is an emerging field and the focus of the course is identification of problems and the examination of global cybersecurity initiatives in the U.S., other countries, and the coordinating role of international organizations, both technical and strategic. Prerequisite: IT 570. (3)

IT 570 Cybersecurity: Law, Policy, Ethics, and Compliance

Focuses on the law, policy, ethics, and compliance issues concerning cybersecurity as information is collected and communicated in today’s networked world. International security law and legal principles are covered as well as topics such as ethics, privacy, and compliance. The theory and principles behind these topics are explored in depth, and students prepare a research paper on a contemporary topic relating to the field. Policy documents are critiqued and compliance issues are discussed. Students are expected to independently research the issues, make presentations to the class, and support their case. (3)

IT 575 Information Security Management

Covers the knowledge and skills for the management of security in today’s enterprise IT environments. It focuses on planning, designing, implementing, managing, and auditing security at all levels. Automated security management systems are discussed in detail. It examines the best practices and global standards in this emerging field. Prerequisite: IT 530. (3)

IT 577 Human Considerations in Cybersecurity

Explores the human aspects that have an impact on the practices, policies, and procedures that are in place in an organization to secure the firm’s information. Topics include human behavior, ethics, psychology, social engineering, and hacker culture. Emphasis is on the human element and the motivations for cyber crimes. Analysis covers techniques to prevent intrusions and attacks that threaten organizational data and techniques to identify potential insider threats. Prerequisite: IT 530. (3)

IT 580 Technology Leadership

Centers around the leadership knowledge and skills necessary for a chief information officer (CIO) or equivalent. Topics include strategic thinking, consulting, budget formulation, and effective management and leadership. In case studies and role-playing exercises, students have to practice leadership skills such as influence- and relationship-building. Students use questioning skills to gather information, analysis techniques, negotiation and influencing skills to make decisions, and communication skills to present the final proposal at an executive level. (3)

IT 585 Managing Technical People

Teaches the basic concepts and skills needed to manage technical people in high-performance environments. It is designed specifically for technical professionals who are planning to become team leaders, supervisors, and managers. (3)

IT 587 Cybersecurity Systems: Certification and Accreditation

Familiarizes students with the standards and processes required to certify and accredit information systems for compliance with federally mandated cybersecurity requirements and international standards. This course includes detailed analysis of the government’s Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and provides students with practical experience with preparing reports under the regulations. The course also examines the National Security Agency’s “Common Criteria” requirements for security products. Prerequisite: IT 530. (3)

IT 590 Topics in Information Technology

Explores a contemporary topic relating to some aspect of information technology. This course can be repeated for credit with a new topic. (3)

IT 670 Computer Network Defense

Provides hands-on experience for students to defend computer networks against attacks such as viruses; worms; Trojan horses; denial-of-service attacks; password cracking; key loggers; buffer overflow attacks; and reconnaissance, such as sniffing, DNS, SNMP, scanning, fingerprinting, and war driving. Students execute attack-and-defend scenarios and document their results. Prerequisite: IT 535. (3)

IT 680 IT Master’s Project

Requires the student to integrate and apply knowledge acquired in the degree program to a particular project. The student works individually to complete the project for a sponsor and under the direction of a full-time faculty member of his or her choice. The results are presented orally and communicated in writing. The project outcomes are critiqued by the faculty. Prerequisite: completion of at least 27 credits in the program. (3)

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Cybersecurity (M.S.)

Cybersecurity (M.S.)