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Columbus State University

Required Courses

CPSC 5157. Computer Networks (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 2108 with a minimum grade of C. 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. Introduction to Cybersecurity (3-0-3) This course focuses on the protection of information systems against cyber threats whether data is in transit, at rest, or in processing. Topics include an overview of cyber threats, measures necessary to detect, assess, and counter such threats, network security basics, symmetric and public key encryption, basic cryptologic analysis, access control, authentication, malware, vulnerability assessment, digital forensics, security policies, privacy, and ethics. This course builds knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) of principles and practices in cybersecurity.

CPSC 6128. Network Security (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 6126 with a minimum grade of "C". 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 6157. Network and Cloud Management (3-0-3) This course is specifically designed to focus on the protocols, skills and tools needed to support the development and delivery of advanced network and cloud services over the Internet. This graduate-level course is also focused on mastering technical details in a number of areas of advanced networking through reading and hands-on activities of important research topics in the field. The topics covered in this course include 1) network and cloud basics; 2) protocols; 3) network and cloud security; 4) mobile computing; 5) software-defined networking; 6) network and cloud management; 7) data center management; 8) big data analytics and cloud.

CPSC 6167. Cybersecurity Risk Management (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 6126 with a grade of "C" or better. This course focuses on the risk analysis component of cybersecurity management. It provides detailed coverage of contemporary frameworks and processes related to managing risk. Also, it involves enumerating organization's resources and prioritizing their protection based on probability of threat and subsequent damage. Reporting security breaches to management, and providing steps to mitigate threats and implement future controls will be an integral part of this course.