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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 04-Jan-24

Spring 2024 | CIS-2255-VO01 - Principles and Management of Cybersecurity

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 01-23-2024 to 05-06-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-24-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Todd Ponto
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Deb Grant

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Digital and Technical Literacy
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Students explore the broad range of concepts involved in protecting information assets within computer systems and networks. The course covers law, ethics, cryptography, and the fundamentals of system and network security. Students develop strategies for identifying and remediating personal and physical vulnerabilities based on the CIA Triangle security model (confidentiality, integrity, and availability).

Essential Objectives

1. Define issues critical to information security and risk management in a professional environment.
2. Describe the need for contingency planning and discuss scenarios.
3. Analyze information security policy in a business setting.
4. Demonstrate security policy models.
5. Define and discuss security management practices.
6. Identify control classification categories established and maintained by NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technologies) and the ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
7. Evaluate protection mechanisms and formulate cost basis analysis for implementation.
8. Create a SETA plan (security, education, training, and awareness) for an organization or business.

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

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Spring 2024 textbook/book details will be available on 2023-11-06. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

CIS-2255-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

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.


  • Discussions
  • Lectures
  • Assignments (e.g. Research Papers)
  • Quizzes
  • Labs
  • Mid-Term Exam
  • Course Project - Developing Policies and Plans
  • Final Exam

Evaluation Criteria

Assignments are weighted by group:

Group Weighted
Lectures 5%
Discussions 20%
Quizzes 10%
Labs 5%
Exams 25%
Course Project 25%
Assignments 10%
Total 100%

Grading Criteria

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

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 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introduction and Introduction to Information Security


Chapter 1 in book, Videos


Discussion, Quiz, Assignment



Need for Information Security


Chapter 2, Videos


Discussion, Quiz, Assignment, Lab



Information Security Management


Chapter 3, Videos


Discussion Forum, Quiz, Research Paper



Risk Management


Chapter 4, Videos


Discussion Forum, Quiz



Incident Response


Chapter 5, Videos


Discussion Forum, Quiz, Research Paper



Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Information Security


Chapter 6, Videos


Discussion Forum, Quiz



Mid-Term Exam Covers Modules 1 - 6




Discussion Forum, Exam



Security and Personnel


Chapter 7, Videos


Discussion, Quiz



Security Technology: Access Controls, Firewalls, and VPNs


Chapter 8


Discussion, Quiz, Labs



Security Technology: Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems and Other Security Tools


Chapter 9


Discussion Forum, Labs, Quiz





Chapter 10


Discussion Forum, Quiz, Labs



Implementing Information Security


Chapter 11


Discussion Forum, Quiz, Lecture



Information Security Maintenance


Chapter 12


Discussion Forum, Quiz, Lecture



Information Security Policies - Course Project

  • Principles of Information Security: Review pages 88-104 and 187-219
  • Module 14 Lectures (4)

Discussion Forum, Course Project (Develop at least 3 Policies/Plans)



Final Exam covers Chapters 7-12


Review Previous Chapter Readings 7-12


Discussion Forum, Exam


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.

Participation Expectations

Participation Policy

Please read this policy and contact the instructor if you have any concerns or questions.

In this class, we will all be considered lifelong learners and partners in each other's success. For the course to be successful, you need to participate.

If you are sick or have some justified conflicting reasons that your class work for a week will be late, please reach out to the instructor ahead of time so that we can come up with a plan.

I may be the instructor, but things come up last minute for me as well. If you become sick or are sent on travel for work, please still reach out to the instructor as soon as possible so we can devise a reasonable solution.

As this is an online-only course, participating in the weekly activities will be a large part of your grade. We will have discussion questions almost weekly that you will need to post to and respond to two of your classmates' posts each week.

Class participation for weeks with discussion questions will be based on you providing an initial posting and your responses to a classmates.

Failure to participate for three weeks, which does not include the students that worked out a plan with the instructor, will cause all assignments during this time to receive zero points. Understand having assignments with zero points will affect your grade in a negative manner.

Weekly readings are assigned to help you prepare for the discussion questions and the weekly quizzes.

There will be weekly quizzes and labs to complete.

There will be a mid-term exam and a final exam.

Participation is key to passing this course.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late Work Policy

Please read this policy and contact the instructor if you have any concerns or questions.

All work should be submitted on time. The instructor will review all work and provide feedback within 48-72 hours of submission.

As a student, you are responsible for your success or failure. As the instructor, I will do everything possible to help you succeed.

If you know that you are having an issue with a due date or assignment, please do the following:

  1. Determine why you are having this problem, then
  2. Contact the instructor and propose a solution or plan to address the problem

All work not submitted by the due date will be considered late. Late submissions will be accepted; however, they will incur a penalty. Work submitted after the deadline may receive a 10% grade point deduction for each day following the due date.

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.