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Columbus State University

Required Courses

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 6136. Advanced System Security (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 6126. This course provides the student with the skill or ability to design, execute, and evaluate information security procedures and practices. This level of understanding will ensure that students are able to apply security concepts while performing their tasks. Topics include encryption algorithms, developing a security policy, attack monitoring, attack response, and disaster planning and recovery. The student will be presented with practical approaches to security and the use of security tools.

CPSC 6157. Computer Network and Management (3-0-3) Besides exposing graduate students to current computer networks issues and techniques, this course is specifically designed to focus on the protocols, algorithms and tools needed to support the development and delivery of advanced network services over the Internet. This graduate-level course is also focused on understanding technical details in a number of areas of advanced networking through reading and discussion of important research papers in the field. The topics covered in this course include 1) network communication; 2) network security; 3) web organization; 4) mobile and multimedia networking; 5) quality of service; 6) network management; 7) compression; 8) network performance.

CPSC 6159. Computer Forensics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 6126. Review of the specific manifestations of cybercrime, including hacking, viruses, and other forms of malicious software. Methods to investigate cybercrime, focusing on requirements for collection and reporting of evidence for possible use in criminal cases. Topics include an overview of the forensic relevance of encryption, the examination of digital evidence for clues, and the most effective way to present evidence and conclusions in a court of law.

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.