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Columbus State University

Required Courses

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 6136. Human Aspects of Cybersecurity (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 6126 with a grade of "C" or better. This course examines the ethical and human aspects of cybersecurity, with focus on the human element of cyber incidents. The course surveys topics such as ethics, insider threats, usable privacy and security, laws, human training, policies, standards, cybercrime and the social, psychological and cultural aspects of cybercrime.

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 6159. Cybersecurity Investigations and Crisis Management (3-0-3) Prerequisite: CPSC 6126 with a grade of "C" or better. The course focuses on the role of computer forensics and the methods used in the investigation of computer crimes. The course explains the need for proper investigation and illustrates the process of locating, handling, and processing computer evidence. A detailed explanation of how to effectively handle crisis will be covered.

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.