Info Security/Assurance (ISA) Courses

ISA5005 Network Fundamentals

This course is a foundation graduate-level course in computer networks. The course offers a comprehensive review of the application, transport, network and link layers of the OSI protocol stack. Advanced topics, including network management, traffic engineering and router configuration are also addressed. Network protocols are studied in detail with an emphasis on learning to read RFCs within the context of the structure, FSM, configuration protocol learning paradigm. (OL)
Offered at Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA5010 Research Methods in Information Security

This course focuses on the research methods, tools, instruments and devices used in information sciences and information technology. Topics include the logic of the scientific method, research design, and qualitative and quantitative analysis of data for the purpose of conducting and reporting basic research in a scholarly and academic setting. Through focused-based case studies, students investigate current trends, legal and ethical issues, global and societal impact, policies, and applications in the fields of information technology, information security, cyberlaw, digital forensics and media management. Students evaluate methods to collect, classify, categorize, evaluate, assess and report research data to formulate valid research questions and derive logical conclusions.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of required prerequisite and foundation courses. (OL)
Offered at Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA5020 Foundations of Information Security Management

This courses provides a conceptual overview of information security management and information assurance (IA). Topics covered at an introductory level include information security and information assurance principles, information technology security issues, and security technologies and processes. Governance issues include policy, law, ethics and standards, as well as organizational models and communications. Risk management issues include risk assessment, threats, vulnerabilities and security life-cycle management.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of required prerequisite and foundation courses. (OL)
Offered at Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA5030 Legal and Ethical Principles in IT

This course provides an in-depth working knowledge of the ethics and laws pertaining to information systems security. Topics include the ethics of privacy, confidentiality, authenticity, medical information, copyright, intellectual freedom, censorship, social networking and cyber-bullying. Issues related to the creation, implementation, enforcement and assessment of institutional codes of ethics are discussed.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of required prerequisite and foundation courses. (OL)
Offered at Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA5040 Network Security and Cryptography

This course details the issues faced by security managers in addressing network security threats, technical discourse regarding known threats, potential countermeasures to these threats, and the need for the aggressive application of cryptographic methods to guarantee the security of information. Students are immersed in the details of cryptography and explore both symmetrical and asymmetrical methods. Students delve into both the technological and mathematical elements of cryptography.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of required prerequisite and foundation courses. (OL)
Offered at Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA5050 Digital/Computer Forensics and Investigation

This course is a study of cyber-attack prevention, planning, detection, response and investigation. Topics 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.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of required prerequisite and foundation courses. (OL)
Offered at Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA6010 Software Security Testing

This course teaches the fundamentals of software testing from the viewpoint of security. An in-depth discussion on various security testing methods and tools vulnerabilities is provided with demos of concepts during the class. Students learn how to perform penetration testing in a practical way using well-established tools such as Kali Linux. This course covers different types of systems including Web-based systems and some internals of OS kernel software testing and exploitation. Students also learn software design patterns to built-in security during the architectural phase of the life-cycle.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of required prerequisite and foundation courses.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA6020 Securing Virtualized and Cloud Infrastructures

This course is designed to give students a solid technical understanding of virtualization, cloud computing, storage networks and the vulnerabilities known to exist in these environments. Students gain an understanding of the planning of these environments, the countermeasures to threats that exist and the management of information in the cloud. Topics include the interconnection of the virtualized environment with the underlying network transport and network storage technology.
Prerequisite(s): ISA5040, completion of required prerequisite and foundation courses.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA6030 Hacking Countermeasures and Techniques

This course focuses on the study of well-known hacker tactics, attack typing and categorization, profiles of hacker strategies, and a detailed review of countermeasures. Students examine both active and passive attacks, vulnerabilities of operating systems and the software vulnerabilities of popular systems with an eye toward effectively thwarting hacker threats.
Prerequisite(s): ISA5040, ISA5050, completion of required prerequisite and foundation courses.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA6040 Advanced Network Intrusion Detection and Analysis

This course covers principles and techniques of intrusion detection such as network traffic analysis, packet analysis, application protocol layer for common protocols, and log analysis. The use of intrusion detection tools and services is evaluated, as intrusion detection systems are now integral parts of the technology management fabric with the capability to stop threats in progress and capture/quarantine evidence.
Prerequisite(s): ISA6030, completion of required prerequisite and foundation courses.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

ISA6090 Information Security & Assurance Capstone Research Project

This capstone course integrates previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program. Students synthesize prior learning to design or develop a capstone as a culmination of their studies. The course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements and developing a well-thought-out, comprehensive capstone project. Problem domains may be suggested by external sponsors, the instructor or student teams. The project itself can be research-oriented, have a design focus, center on evaluation and testing, or be tailored to an individual or team's interests. It should, however, touch on either the technical or business elements of information security, or a combination of both. Student teams or individuals are expected to document their projects in a weekly, online process journal. Key deliverables for the course, regardless of the project definition, include planning documents, execution plan, final project deliverable and presentation.
Prerequisite(s): 13.5 credits completed in selected Technical or Business focus area. (OL)
Offered at Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours