From Michele C. Weigle

Main: CS 462/562, Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Fall 2015

Course Delivery

This is an asynchronous, online course, meaning that there are no regularly scheduled physical meeting times. I will hold weekly office hours on campus and be available online at regular times during the week. The course will be delivered using a pilot version of Canvas (a course management system similar to Blackboard) and the PLE.

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Since this is an online course, there are separate CRNs based on where you are:

Catalog Course Description

Introduction to networking and the Internet protocol stack; Vulnerable protocols such as HTTP, DNS, and BGP; Overview of wireless communications, vulnerabilities, and security protocols; Introduction to cryptography; Discussion of cyber threats and defenses; Firewalls and IDS/IPS; Kerberos; Transport Layer Security, including certificates; Network Layer Security.


Prerequisites: The main prerequisite for this course is CS 270 Computer Architecture.

Required Textbook:

Recommended (Optional) Textbooks:

Computer/Internet: As this is an online-only course, you must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet. If you are an on-campus student, you may use the university computer labs. Otherwise, you must provide your own computer and Internet access.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students should have a strong foundation in the principles of the Internet architecture, an awareness of vulnerabilities in the Internet protocol stack, and an introduction to issues in cybersecurity. They should be prepared to take follow-on courses in the CS graduate online CyberSecurity certificate. After completing the entire certificate program (4 courses), students should be able to pass the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam.

This course has the following objectives:

Course Responsibilities

As with online courses, you are responsible for keeping up with required activities and readings. Each week, you will have reading assignments, a homework assignment, and discussion questions that allow you to interact with your classmates. There will be no programming assignments.

Your time commitment should be the same as for a regular on-campus course. Plan for 1 hour of study for every 3 hours of credit, so roughly 10 hours/week for this course.

Course Outline

The course will be divided into two main sections, with the first half covering networking background and the second half covering cybersecurity basics.

Module 1 - Orientation

Module 9 - MID-TERM EXAM

Module 16 - FINAL EXAM - covering all material

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