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NSF404 Telecommunications and Network Security

3 Semester Credit Hours

Through presentation of interesting case studies, this course illustrates the interaction of network security principles to communication protocols and technologies. Understanding the types of incidents likely to occur in a given environment will assist the students in preparation of interactive lab exercises. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects and/or case studies relating to topics covered. Students interactively learn in a test environment to recognize, examine and determine the cause of potential incidents that are likely to occur on a network infrastructure. Course contains 2 semester credit hours (30 clock hours) of lecture and 1 semester credit hour (30 clock hours) of laboratory work. Prerequisite: BC204

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NSF405 Operations Security

4 Semester Credit Hours

Presenting the methodology and tools with which students can successfully audit and investigate security issues in the network environment, Operations Security offers students the opportunity to gain a broad understanding from a larger enterprise viewpoint. Planning of successful operational level practices and the usage of tools and methods for investigating network incidents are covered. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects and/or case studies relating to topics covered. Course contains 3 semester credit hours (45 clock hours) of lecture and 1 semester credit hour (30 clock hours) of laboratory work. Prerequisite: E103

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NSF406 Physical Security & Access Control

3 Semester Credit Hours

Securing access to an organization’s assets and infrastructure is a vital part of security policy development and implementation. This course offers a thorough understanding of methods and equipment used to maintain access control from a network security perspective. Emphasis is given to the identification and implementation of effective security controls to protect organizations information assets from natural, environmental, and human threats. Risk Assessment methodology is used to evaluate the selection and implementation of perimeter protection. Perimeter access control and monitoring techniques used to protect organizations from internal and external threat agents are examined. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects and/or case studies relating to topics covered. Course contains 2 semester credit hours (30 clock hours) of lecture and 1 semester credit hour (30 clock hours) of laboratory work.

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NSF407 Application and System Development

3 Semester Credit Hours

Relevant issues relating to the secure development and deployment of software on a network infrastructure and Automated Information Systems (AIS) are addressed. This course also covers concerns with the distribution of network operating systems and services on a network, along with the potential pitfalls and strategies employed when implementing software onto a network infrastructure. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects and/or case studies relating to topics covered. Course contains 2 semester credit hours (30 clock hours) of lecture and 1 semester credit hour (30 clock hours) of laboratory work. Prerequisites: BC205, BC206, BC204

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NSF408 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

3 Semester Credit Hours

A solid understanding of determining threats to the business and the design and implementation of countermeasures is provided. The focus is upon protecting the resources of the business and developing contingency plans. The decisions and responsibilities of maintaining secure network services and resources in an organization’s infrastructure are covered. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects and/or case studies relating to topics covered. Course contains 2 semester credit hours (30 clock hours) of lecture and 1 semester credit hour (30 clock hours) of laboratory work.

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NSF409 Cryptography

3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of cryptography and the practical application in software, hardware and communication protocols. The class features evaluation of different encryption technology and hands-on labs and exercises. The fundamentals and application of cryptography methods are introduced. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects and/or case studies relating to topics covered. Course contains 2 semester credit hours (30 clock hours) of lecture and 1 semester credit hour (30 clock hours) of laboratory work. Prerequisites: BC205, BC206, BC204

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NSF410 Law, Investigations and Ethics

3 Semester Credit Hours

Students are given a firm foundation of the relationship between the laws and the legal system and security policy and procedures. Students gain an understanding of the different requirements currently placed upon organizations to protect themselves; privacy concerns; and enforcement of written policy. Knowledge is integrated with design, writing and implementation of usable security policies and procedures. Management’s objectives and goals in a business environment are presented. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects, and/or case studies relating to topics covered. Course contains 2 semester credit hours (30 clock hours) of lecture and 1 semester credit hour (30 clock hours) of laboratory work. Prerequisite: E103

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NSF412 Operating System Hardening

4 Semester Credit Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to operating system hardening and general operating system protection characteristics. Typical characteristics of design, functions and implementation assurance for Windows, Linux and Cisco operating systems are presented. The student will gain an understanding of how operating systems function and how to evaluate their security weaknesses. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects and/or case studies relating to topics covered. Course contains 3 semester credit hours (45 clock hours) of lecture and 1 semester credit hour (30 clock hours) of laboratory work. Prerequisites: BC205, BC206, BC207

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NSF413 Computer Forensics

2 Semester Credit Hours

Methods for acquiring, converting and analyzing data in the interest of determining potential legal evidence are presented. Preservation, identification, extraction and documentation of computer evidence, as well as a basic understanding of computer forensics and the use of industry standard computer forensic tools are presented. Sophisticated technology tools and procedures are introduced to guarantee the accuracy in digital evidence preservation and processing. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects and/or case studies relating to topics covered. 2 semester credit hours (60 clock hours) of laboratory work. Prerequisites: BC205, BC206, BC207

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OS303 Linux Management

3 Semester Credit Hours

Students will learn to install SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server with a custom partitioning, configure the network manually, configure network services, secure a SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server, manage backup and recovery, create shell scripts, compile software from source, perform a health check and performance tuning, and manage hardware and component changes. Students will perform the following administrative tasks such as update and monitor an SUSE LINUX Enterprise server; perform administrative tasks with YaST; manage users and groups; provide basic system security; manage the Linux file system; manage software installation; manage system initialization, processes, and services; connect the server to the network; provide basic network services (such as printing and Web access); and remotely access an SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server. At the end of classroom instruction, students will be challenged (and should be able) to perform various scenarios based on business requirements similar to those in a production environment. Labs consist of assigned practice, projects and/or case studies relating to topics covered. Course contains 2 semester credit hours (30 clock hours) of lecture and 1 semester credit hour (30 clock hours) of laboratory work. Prerequisite: BC207

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