Cybersecurity (CYBR)

CYBR 1100  INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SECURITY (3 credits)

This course emphasizes our current dependence on information technology and how its security in cyberspace (or lack thereof) is shaping the global landscape. Several historical and contemporary global events that have been influenced by the exploitation of information technology motivates topics on cyber crime, malware, intrusion detection, cryptography, among others, and how to secure one's own data and computer system. Several aspects of this course are geared towards developing an understanding of the "cyberspace" as a new medium that breaks all geographical boundaries, while highlighting noticeable influences on it from social, political, economic and cultural factors of a geographical region.

Distribution: Global Diversity General Education course

CYBR 2250  LOW-LEVEL PROGRAMMING (3 credits)

This course will teach the cybersecurity students low-level programming in the 'C' and assembly languages, and the interrelationship between these two programming paradigms. The student will learn the various control structures in 'C' and how they are implemented in machine code, memory allocation and management, and the basics of allocation classes such as static versus automatic variables. The students will also learn x86 assembly language in the 'C' environment and will be able to write useful, functional, stand-alone assembly language programs with no help from external libraries.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CSCI 1620. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CYBR 2980  SPECIAL TOPICS IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE (1-3 credits)

The course provides a format for exploring subject areas in Information Assurance and related fields for sophomore undergraduate students. Specific topics vary, in keeping with research interests of faculty and students. Examples include network configuration, network security, forensics, regulatory compliance, web services and applications, vulnerability assessments, cloud computing security, and other issues in Information Assurance.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor permission required. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CYBR 3350  SECURITY ADMINISTRATION - LINUX (3 credits)

This course covers topics a system administrator would encounter in their profession. The student will learn how a system administrator fulfills various organizational information resource management requirements using the a Linux-based Operating System. Topics will include; installation; creating and maintaining file systems; user and group administration; backup and restore processes; network configuration; various system services; simple security administration; and updating and maintaining the system.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CSCI 1620 or CSCI 1840 or Instructor Permission.

CYBR 3370  SECURITY ADMINISTRATION - WINDOWS (3 credits)

This course covers topics a system administrator would encounter in their profession. The student will learn how a system administrator fulfills various organizational information resource management requirements using the Windows Operating System. Topics will include; installation; creating and maintaining file systems; user and group administration; backup and restore processes; network configuration; various system services; simple security administration; and updating and maintaining the system.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CSCI 1620 or CSCI 1840 or Instructor Permission

CYBR 3450  NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING (3 credits)

The course will provide overview of the topics in natural language processing such as word and sentence tokenization, syntactic parsing, semantic role labeling, text classification. We will discuss fundamental algorithms and mathematical models for processing natural language, and how these can be used to solve practical problems. We will touch on such applications of natural language processing technology as information extraction and sentiment analysis.. (Cross-listed with CSCI 3450).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CSCI 2030; Co-requisite: CSCI 3320; Students should be comfortable w/ scripting (Python will be the language extensively used in natural language processing tools including NLTK). Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CYBR 3570  CRYPTOGRAPHY (3 credits)

The course will provide a broad overview of the concepts, fundamental ideas, vocabulary, and literature base central to the study and development of cryptography and cryptanalysis. This course will explore historical development of cryptography, as well as methods used to defeat it. In addition, the course will cover the mathematical foundations of cryptography today, as well as some current uses of such cryptography, such as public key infrastructures, the Internet Key Exchange protocol, and more.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CSCI 3320 or ISQA 3300. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CYBR 3600  INFORMATION SECURITY, POLICY AND AWARENESS (3 credits)

This course will cover the planning and development for information governance, security policies and procedures, and security awareness. (Cross-listed with CIST 3600)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2100; CIST 3110, which may be taken concurrently.

CYBR 4000  CENTER OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE-CYBER OPERATIONS COMPLETION CERTIFICATE (0 credits)

This course is utilized to provide a specific designation for students that have completed the Center of Academic Excellence - Cyber Operations coursework. It is a zero credit hour class used to designate the completion of this focus area in the cybersecurity curriculum.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor Permission. The program committee will work w/ the UG advisors to verify that the student has fulfilled the requirements for this designation. If the student has fulfilled (or will soon) all the requirements, they may register for this class.

CYBR 4360  FOUNDATIONS OF INFORMATION ASSURANCE (3 credits)

Contemporary issues in computer security, including sources for computer security threats and appropriate reactions; basic encryption and decryption; secure encryption systems; program security, trusted operating systems; database security, network and distributed systems security, administering security; legal and ethical issues. (Cross-listed with CYBR 8366, CSCI 8366)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CSCI 3320 or CSCI 8325 OR ISQA 3300 OR By instructor permission

CYBR 4380  COMPUTER AND NETWORK FORENSICS (3 credits)

Computer forensics involves the preservation, identification, extraction and documentation of computer evidence stored on a computer. This course takes a technical, legal, and practical approach to the study and practice of incident response, computer forensics, and network forensics. Topics include legal and ethical implications, duplication and data recovery, steganography, network forensics, and tools and techniques for investigating computer intrusions. This course is intended as a second course in information assurance for undergraduate students as well as other qualified students. It is also intended as a foundation course for graduate digital forensics studies. (Cross-listed with CSCI 4380, CYBR 8386)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CYBR 1100, CIST 3600, CSCI 3550 or ISQA 3400, CYBR 3350 or CYBR 3370; or instructor permission.

CYBR 4430  QUANTUM COMPUTING AND CRYPTOGRAPHY (3 credits)

The course aims at understanding the exciting concepts behind quantum computing and quantum cryptography. The course will introduce the principles of qubits, superposition, entanglement, teleportation, measurement, quantum error correction, quantum algorithms such as quantum Fourier transformation, Shor's algorithm and Grover's algorithm, quantum key exchange, quantum encryption, and secure quantum channels that built using these principles. We will discuss the security definitions and protocols within the quantum realm. We will discuss what advantages quantum computing and cryptography offers compared to classical computing and cryptography and limitations thereof. It will cover the integration of quantum cryptography into existing public key infrastructure. The students will come out with a working understanding of the field of quantum computing and quantum cryptography. During the course students will also implement several of the quantum algorithms. (Cross-listed with CYBR 8436)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Co-requisites: CYBR 3570 or CSCI 4560; or Instructor permission.

CYBR 4440  INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SYSTEM SECURITY (3 credits)

The objective of this course is to research vulnerabilities into, and provide guidance for securing, industrial control systems (ICS). ICS is a general term that encompasses several types of control systems, including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, distributed control systems (DCS), and other control system items such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). The student will learn to identify network and device vulnerabilities and potential countermeasures to these weaknesses. (Cross-listed with CYBR 8446)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CSCI 3550.

CYBR 4450  HOST-BASED VULNERABILITY DISCOVERY (3 credits)

The class will cover security issues at an implementation and hardware level. The students will learn assembly language and the use of a reverse assembler and debugger. This will allow the student to analyze various packing algorithms for computer viruses, the viruses themselves, operating system hooking, fuzzing, and other machine code, host-based exploits. The class will be using both Windows and Linux as operating systems. (Cross-listed with CYBR 8456.)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of the instructor and CSCI 3710.

CYBR 4460  NETWORK-BASED VULNERABILITY DISCOVERY (3 credits)

The course is an advanced class in which the students learn various techniques for testing for and identifying security flaws in network software and web applications. Internet technologies such as HTTP, DNS, DHCP, and others are examined in the context of cyber security. Students are expected to participate in numerous hands-on experiments related to Information Assurance with respect to web technologies. (Cross-listed with CYBR 8466)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor Permission

CYBR 4540  COMPUTER SECURITY MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to integrate concepts and techniques from security assessment, risk mitigation, disaster planning, and auditing to identify, understand, and propose solutions to problems of computer security and security administration. (Cross-listed with CIST 4540, CYBR 8546, ISQA 8546)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): IASC 4360 or permission of the instructor.

CYBR 4580  CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION OF SECURE SYSTEMS (CAPSTONE) (3 credits)

This is the BSIA capstone course where students extend and apply their knowledge in defining, implementing, and assessing secure information systems. Students will demonstrate their ability to specify, apply, and assess different types of countermeasures at different points in the enterprise with a special focus on system boundaries. Students will complete and defend a Certification and Accreditation package.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 3600 or CYBR 3600; CIST 4360; CYBR 3350 or CYBR 3370; and CIST 4540 or CYBR 4540 may be taken prior to or concurrently. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CYBR 4950  INTERNSHIP IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE (1-3 credits)

The course provides a format for an Information Assurance student to work with a local or national industry partner in a cyber security oriented position, and to receive credit for this practical experience. The internship may or may not be a paid position, but will definitely be directly related to Information Assurance. The class is proposed and organized by the student, with participating faculty supervising and input provided by the industry partner.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor Permission

CYBR 4980  SPECIAL TOPICS IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE (1-3 credits)

The course provides a format for exploring advanced research areas for undergraduate students in Information Assurance and related fields. Specific topics vary, in keeping with research interests of faculty and students. Examples include applied data mining, mobile security, web services and applications, vulnerability assessments, cloud computing security, and other issues in Information Assurance research. (Cross-listed with CYBR 8986)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor Permission.

CYBR 4990  INDEPENDENT STUDY IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE (1-3 credits)

The course provides a format for exploring advanced research areas for undergraduate students in Information Assurance and related fields. The class is designed for students that would like to explore specific Information Assurance topics at a greater depth, or topics which are not currently a part of the IA curriculum. The class is proposed and organized by the student, with participating faculty mentoring.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor Permission