2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Cybersecurity (CYS)

CYS 564  Secure Operating Systems  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces students to Operating Systems with the special emphasis on the security of these systems. Students will be introduced to the foundations of Operating Systems, the vulnerabilities of Operating Systems, the threats from attackers and the potential harm that can be caused by these attackers. Defense of these systems as well as the risk mitigation will be covered. The notion of a trusted Operating System will be introduced and will be a pivotal standard used to compare various Operating Systems.

CYS 573  Network Fundamentals  (3 Credits)  

This is an introductory course that covers the basics of how networks work, including the topics of OSI model, Internet model, network components, LANs, WANs, routers, switches, wireless communication, network security, TCP/IP Internet protocols, and network applications such as web and email. It also covers the fundamental aspects of configuring and troubleshooting network features on a Windows or UNIX workstation.

CYS 672  Computer and Network Forensics  (3 Credits)  

The topics covered in this course include fundamentals of digital forensics, forensic duplication and analysis, network surveillance, intrusion detection and response, incident response, anti-forensics techniques, anonymity and pseudonymity, cyber law, computer security policies and guidelines, court report writing and presentation, and case studies. The course will include lecture and demonstrations, but is designed around a virtual lab environment and scenario that provides for robust and realistic hands-on experiences in dealing with a range of information assurance topic areas. Students will be provided numerous practical opportunities to apply information security practices and technologies to solve real-world cybersecurity problems.

CYS 688  Human Aspects of Cybersecuity  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the theory and practice of implementing secure database systems. Emphasis will be placed on database security principles, database application security models, database auditing models, security implementation and database reliability.

CYS 697  Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed for students pursuing a graduate degree in cyber security with particular interest in working as a white hat hacker. The students will be trained theoretically and practically in understanding vulnerabilities in network architectures, operating systems, database management systems and web servers. They will learn how exploits are designed by an adversary attacker to penetrate into vulnerable systems. The students will also learn how the hacker can move into a hacked system and remove her/his footprints. The course will expose students to a host of tools used for network scanning, finger printing and password cracking. These tools include Nmap, Nessus and Backtrack among others. There will be a thorough discussion on the emerging hack technology for wireless LANs and defenses against them.

CYS 721  Database Security  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the theory and practice of implementing secure database systems. Emphasis will be placed on database security principles, database application security models, database auditing models, security implementation and database reliability.

CYS 755  Healthcare Information Security  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed for students seeking to learn more about the field of healthcare information security. It covers the fundamentals of computer and network security theories and practices that can be used to significantly reduce the security vulnerability of healthcare information on internal networks or the Internet. An in-depth view of healthcare information is provided by examining healthcare regulatory requirements and the functions of a healthcare organization, including its medical business operations, hardware, software, networking, and security. Topics include electronic health records, security policy, web security, database security, security administration, and healthcare ethics, privacy, and law

CYS 765  Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity  (3 Credits)  

This course covers state-of-the art advances, emerging trends, and threats in cybersecurity. Topics to be covered include current topics in Information Assurance, advanced digital forensics, new approaches to management of cybersecurity and new threats, vulnerabilities and controls.

CYS 795  Cybersecurity Capstone  (6 Credits)  

This project course is the capstone experience for graduate students in the Master's degree in Cybersecurity. This course provides students with the opportunity to carry out in depth research on a specified topic in cybersecurity. The student's project will reflect the integration and application of the cybersecurity knowledge gained over the course of the program.

CYS 798  Cybersecurity Capstone I  (3 Credits)  

This course prepares students for their capstone, experience in the Cybersecurity MS degree program., Capstone I provides the opportunity hone the, skills needed to accomplish in-depth research and, career growth; to choose a specific topic in, cybersecurity as the focus for their research; to, identify a CYS faculty advisor who agrees to, oversee their capstone project; and to develop a, viable research proposal.

CYS 799  Cybersecurity Capstone II  (3 Credits)  

This course is the capstone experience for, graduate students in the Master's degree in, Cybersecurity. Capstone provides students the, opportunity to carry out in-depth research on a, specific topic in cybersecurity under the guidance, of a faculty research advisor. The student's, project will reflect the integration and, application of cybersecurity knowledge and skills, gained over the course of the program.