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Columbus State University

Required Courses

CPSC 5157. Computer Networks (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 3125 with a grade of "C" or better. Local area networks, wide area networks, and internets. Protocols and the ISO Open Systems Interconnect reference model. Design, analysis, and performance evaluation. Emphasis on data link, network, and transport protocols.

CPSC 6126. Information Systems Assurance (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 5157 or equivalent. This course focuses on the protection of information systems against unauthorized access to or modification of information whether in storage, processing or transit, and against the denial of service to authorized users, including those measures necessary to detect, document, and counter such threats. This course creates sensitivity to the threats and vulnerabilities of information systems, recognition of the need and means to protect data and information, and builds a working knowledge of principles and practices in information security.

CPSC 6128. Network Security (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 6126. This course examines the fundamentals of security issues arising from computer networks. Topics include intrusion detection, firewalls, threats and vulnerabilities, denial of service attacks, viruses and worms, use and effectiveness of encryption, secure transactions and e-commerce, and network exploits.

CPSC 6167. Network Risk Assessment (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 6126. This course introduces risk analysis techniques that can be used to identify and quantify both accidental and malicious threats to computer systems within an organization. Introduction to issues associated with physical site security. This includes an introduction to standard risk analysis tools, such as PARA and FRAP.