Cyber Crime And Information Systems Security –


(3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the nature of criminal activity that is facilitated, through or that targets, information systems. The course also reviews security measures that are designed to protect the software, hardware and data associated with information systems.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Information Technology Threats and Risks

  • Explore the vulnerabilities of information systems.
  • Analyze the nature of potential internal and external threats, as well as natural or unintended events that can jeopardize information systems.
  • Identify the risks and impacts pertaining to computers as well as risk mitigationand risk evaluations.
  • Describe the principles of risk management as they pertain to information systems and technology.

Predictions, Trends, and Initiatives to Combat Cybercrime

  • Assess sentencing guidelines, punishment, and fines targeting cybercriminals.
  • Discuss the future challenges faced by law enforcement personnel regarding cybercrime and systems security.
  • Critique the laws and various enforcement mechanisms designed to discourage crimes against information systems.
  • Assess the nature and extent of the reliance of various social institutions on information systems and technology.

Protection and Recovery of Information

  • Explain the various issues associated with the failure of information systems at local, state, and national levels of society.
  • Create strategies for restoration of information system operations in the event of an attack or failure and for the recovery of data that may be stolen, altered or destroyed.
  • Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary methodologies and technologies designed to protect information systems and data.

Governmental Issues and Internal Policies

  • Determine organizational structures, necessary authority and assignment of responsibilities and accountabilities to insure optimal security of information systems.
  • Identify the policies that govern the levels of access security.
  • Evaluate the need for various internal and external policies and procedures designed to promote protection of both the hardware, software, and data related to information systems.
  • Analyze the nature of government regulations imposed upon administrators of information systems and their impact on the distribution of information and related security issues.

Cybercrime Trends

  • Evaluate the motives and methods of individuals or organizations that target various information systems for infiltration or destruction.
  • Analyze the criminal intent and methodologies involved in the utilization of information systems to perpetrate specific types of crimes.
  • Discuss the recent crime trends in cyberspace.

Overview of Information Systems and Technology

  • Explain the reasons for the protection of information systems and the consequences of inadequate security.
  • Assess the depth and breadth of the effect of a failure of a major component of a complex system.
  • Describe the global interconnectivity of information systems.
  • Identify the various components of information systems and their functionality.

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