This course will focus on security implementations for various Windows platforms and applications. Areas of study involve identifying and examining security risks, security solutions, and tools available for various Windows platforms and applications. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- ITE 145: Fundamentals of Information Systems Security
- ITE 220: Networking and Data Communication (Recommended)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Explain information security and how it applies to the Microsoft Windows operating systems.
- Explain security features of the Microsoft Windows operating systems.
- Implement secure access controls when setting up Microsoft Windows in a given organization.
- Set up encryption in a given organization to secure Windows environment.
- Install controls to protect a given Windows system from malware.
- Define and apply Group Policy controls in Microsoft Windows.
- Explain profile and audit tools to keep Windows systems secure.
- Perform backup and restore operations on a given Windows system.
- Design techniques to protect Windows networks from security vulnerabilities.
- Develop a security administration framework to ensure your organization meets its security policy goals.
- Identify and implement the most effective security controls to make computers and networks as secure as possible.
- Design techniques to protect given Windows application software from security vulnerabilities.
- Apply best practices for handling a given Microsoft Windows system and application incident.
- Include security concerns as early as possible in the software development process.
- Apply best practices to securing Microsoft Windows computers, networks, and applications.
- Windows security vulnerabilities
- Microsoft Windows hardening strategies
- Windows system monitoring techniques
- Backup and restore operations
- Security incident handling tactics
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Solomon, Michael. Security Strategies in Windows Platforms and Applications - with Access Code. 3rd ed., Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett, 2021. ISBN-13: 9781284266351
- Note: This is a bundle which includes the textbook and the Access Code required for this course. We discourage students from purchasing “used” materials from other sources due to access codes not working properly.
Not available through bookstore and these resources will be additional costs to the students.
- Sivarajan, Santhosh. Getting Started with Windows Server Security. Packt Publishing, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1784398729
- Moskowitz, Jeremy. Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop. 3rd. ed. Sybex, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1119035589
- Svidergol, et al. Mastering Windows Server 2016. Sybex, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1119404972
- Stokes, Singer, and Diver. Windows 10 for Enterprise Administrators: Modern Administrators' guide based on Redstone 3 version. Packt Publishing, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1786462824
- Miroshnikov, Andrei. Windows Security Monitoring: Scenarios and Patterns. Wiley Publishing, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1119390640
- Microsoft Security
- SANS Internet Storm Center
- Windows Community
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Security Features in Microsoft Windows
Topic: Access Controls in Microsoft Windows
Topic: Protecting Microsoft Windows Systems
Topics: Microsoft Windows Security Profile, Group Policy Controls, Windows Backup & Recovery Tools
Topic: Securing Microsoft Windows Networks
Topic: Securing the Microsoft Windows Operating System & Applications
Topics: Microsoft Windows Incident Handling and Managment & Security Life Cycle & Windows Best Practices
Topics: Course Review and Final Examination
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.