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Course Syllabus


Revision Date: 01-Aug-23
 

Fall 2023 | CIS-1035-VO01F - Foundations of Information Security


Flex Class

FLEX courses are online courses with flexible assignment submission, allowing students to manage their completion pace during the semester. FLEX courses remain open for enrollment throughout the first half of the semester. Flex course enrollment for Fall 2023 ends on October 30.


Location: Online
Credits: 1
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-05-2023 to 12-18-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-25-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-06-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Faculty

Michael Kanfer
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Deb Grant

Course Description

In this course, students examine the issues of online threats, which have risen dramatically in the last decade, and explore personal and professional strategies to reduce vulnerabilities.


Essential Objectives

1. Define and discuss the history of information security, including key security concepts and components of information systems.
2. Describe the types of threats and attacks on information that impact quality of services, including trespass, malware, forces of nature, sabotage, activism, hardware failures, obsolesces, human error, social engineering, and theft.
3. Analyze legal, ethical, and professional issues in information security including national and professional organizational standards and policies.
4. Describe risk management and identify behaviors, categorize assets, and prioritize threats and vulnerabilities in personal and professional life.
5. Create and present a personal information security and maintenance plan.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Methods

  • Discussions focusing on current cybersecurity issues and personal elements of cybersecurity.
  • Weekly quizzes to review the week's content.
  • Weekly assignment to use the information presented in a real-world situation.
  • A personal information security plan as the final project to pull together all elements covered in the class.

Evaluation Criteria

This course uses a weighted categories system to calculate final grades.

Participation/Discussion = 20%
Writing Assignments = 40%
Quizzes = 20%
Final Project = 20%


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

Define and discuss the history of information security, including key security concepts and components of information systems.

  

Internet articles related to cyber threats and attacks.

  

Discussions
Written assignment
Quiz

 

2

Describe the types of threats and attacks on information that impact the quality of services, including trespass, malware, forces of nature, sabotage, activism, hardware failures, obsolesces, human error, social engineering, and theft.

  

Internet articles related to cyber threats and attacks.

  

Discussions
Written assignment
Quiz

 

3

Analyze legal, ethical, and professional issues in information security including national and professional organizational standards and policies.

  

Internet articles related to legal and ethical aspects of cybersecurity.

  

Discussions
Written assignment
Quiz

 

4


Describe risk management and identify behaviors, categorize assets, and prioritize threats and vulnerabilities in personal and professional life.

  

Internet articles related to cybersecurity risk management to identify priorities to protect personal information.

  

Discussion
Written assignment
Quiz

 

5

Create and present a personal information security and maintenance plan.

  

Review sample information security maintenance plans.

  

Discussion
Written assignment
Quiz

 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.