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Topics in Information Assurance

Course Length:

40 hours over 10 weeks (2 two-hour meetings per week)

Course Description:

Overview of information assurance. Ethical issues surrounding security and privacy. How viruses work and secure coding techniques. Legal issues and computer forensics. Java security. Other related topics. Prerequisite: COEN 177 (Operating Systems) or COEN 146 (Computer Networks).

Course Learning Objective:

An awareness of basic security problems in computing. Threats and vulnerabilities. An understanding of cryptographic protocols and practices. Security in networks and distributed systems. An understanding of malicious code and secure coding techniques. Legal and ethical issues in computer security.

Major Topics:

Major categories of threats to and vulnerabilities in computer systems. Overview of information security and computer security. Basic security techniques. Basic cryptographic protocols and practices.

Method of Instruction:

Lectures, invited speakers, homeworks, group and individual projects, presentations

Evaluation Methods:

Tests, quizzes, projects, presentations

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Information Assurance (CASPIA), Santa Clara University
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