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Computer Science

These courses make up the major courses for both Cyber Security and General Studies with a Concentration in Computer Science.

CSS 146 - Legal Issues/Information Security (3 credits)

This course will focus on an overview of the legal processes involved in implementing and maintaining an e-commerce website. In addition, the course examines security issues involved in maintaining a web or intranet/internet site and potentials for misuse. Prerequisite(s): ITE 145.

CSS 230 - Managing Risk Information Systems (3 credits)

This course will focus on the broad topic of risk management and how risk, threats, and vulnerabilities impact information systems. Areas of instruction include how to assess and manage risk based on defining an acceptable level of risk for information systems. Elements of a business impact analysis, business continuity plan, and disaster recovery plan will also be discussed. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ITE 145.

CSS 245 - Security Policies & Implem. Issues (3 credits)

The course will focus on security policies that can be used to help protect and maintain a network, such as password policy, e-mail policy and Internet policy. Topics also include organizational behavior and crisis management.Prerequisite(s): ITE 145.

CSS 345 - Auditing IT Infrastrct for Complnc (3 credits)

This course will focus on the principles, approaches, and methodology in auditing information systems to ensure compliance with pertinent laws and regulatory provisions, especially in the context of information systems security (ISS). Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, ITE 145, and ITE 220.

CSS 346 - Access Controls,Authentication &PKI (3 credits)

This course will focus on the concept of access control to information systems. Applications, authentication, and accounting for end users and system administrators will be covered. In addition, security controls for access control including tokens, biometrics, and use of public key infrastructures (PKI) will be covered. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, and ITE 145. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ITE 220

CSS 347 - Security Strtgs in Wndws OS/Appl (3 credits)

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. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, and ITE145. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ITE 220.

CSS 348 - Security Strategies in Linux OS/App (3 credits)

This course will focus on the securing of Linux platforms and applications. Areas of study include identifying and examining methods of securing Linux platforms and applications and implementing those methods. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, and ITE145. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ITE 220.

CSS 435 - Fundamentals of Network Security (3 credits)

This course will focus on an introduction to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and firewalls for securing a network. Various network security related issues are introduced and examined. Different types of VPNs for securing data in an organizational setup are discussed along with the benefits and architecture of a VPN and how to implement a VPN. Other topics include the utility of firewalls in tackling security problems, and the limitations of a firewall. In addition, instruction is also given on how to construct, configure, and administer a firewall, as well as the functionality of a firewall. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101; ENG 102, and ITE 145. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ITE 220.

CSS 436 - System Forensics, Invest and Rspns (3 credits)

This course will focus on examining the fundamentals of system forensics, i.e.: what forensics is, an overview of computer crime, and the types of laws that affect forensic investigations. A significant part of the course is devoted to examining the tools, techniques, and methods used to perform computer forensics and investigations. Students will learn how to collect, preserve, analyze, and document all types of digital evidence, from computers running various operating systems, mobile devices, e-mail, and more. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, and ITE 145. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ITE 220.

CSS 437 - Hacker Tech,Tools/Incident Handling (3 credits)

This course will focus on an introduction to hacking tools and incident handling. Areas of instruction include various tools and vulnerabilities of operating systems, as well as the software and networks used by hackers to access unauthorized information. This course also addresses incident handling methods used when information security is compromised. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102 , and ITE 145. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ITE 220

CSS 438 - Scrity Strtg for Web Aps & Soc Ntw (3 credits)

This course will focus on how internet and web-based applications have transformed the way businesses, organizations, and people communicate. With this transformation comes new risks, threats, and vulnerabilities for web-based applications and the people who use them. This course presents security strategies to mitigate the risk associated with Web applications and social networking. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, and ITE145. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ITE 220.

CSS 448 - Cyberwarfare (3 credits)

This course will focus on the cyberwarfare landscape, offensive and defensive cyberwarfare techniques, and the future of cyberwarfare. It also addresses military doctrine and strategies, intelligence operations, and cyberwarfare-related laws and ethics. Students will be exposed to many cybersecurity technologies, processes, and procedures that help to protect endpoints, networks, and data. They will also learn how to identify and analyze threat and vulnerabilities, and create appropriate mitigation strategies. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, and ITE145. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ITE 220.

CSS 490 - Cybersecurity Capstone (3 credits)

This is the capstone course for the Cybersecurity major. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their major to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. This course serves as a comprehensive assessment of knowledge and skills in information systems and cybersecurity. Activities include research into selected security problems and planning, designing and implementing security solutions for a user organization. The course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101; ENG 102 and ITE 145.

CSS 499 - Computer Science Capstone (3 credits)

This is the capstone course for the Computer Science concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their concentration to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. The goal of the course is for students to integrate the knowledge gained in the Computer Science concentration courses. The course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.


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