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CIS-1035-VO01 - Foundations of Information Security

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

Synonym: 208137
Location: Online
Credits: 1
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-07-2021 to 10-05-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-12-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 09-23-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Michael Kanfer | View Faculty Credentials
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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.


  • Lecture notes posted each module for the module's topic.
  • Discussion question each module focusing on an aspect of the topic for the module.
  • Outside readings to highlight current aspects of the material.
  • A quiz and written assignment to reinforce the material.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation criteria include

  • Discussion forum responses- 20%
  • Weekly Quizzes- 20%
  • Weekly assignments- 40%
  • Personal information and security and maintenance plan- 20%


CIS-1035-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

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

Contact Faculty:

Email: Michael Kanfer
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Theodore Pappadopoulos

Attendance Policy:

Since this is an online course, attendance and class participation will be measured differently. For attendance, you will need to post one note in our Canvas course each week- from Tuesday morning to Monday evening of the following week. Note that the participation requirement is different from the attendance requirement. See the syllabus for more information.


Module 1
  • Information Security- History and Concepts
Module 2
  • Cyberthreats in today's world.
Module 3
  • The not-so-private privacy policies.
Module 4
  • Protecting information in a cyber world.
Module 5
  • Personal information security plan.

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 Honesty: 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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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