Cyber Security:Emerging Threats and Countermeasures (AIT 701)
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The course covers security issues and current best practices in several applicative domains, ranging from the enterprise to the military. The course discusses emerging security threats and available countermeasures with respect to the most recent network and computing technologies, including wireless networks, computer-controlled physical systems, and social networks. The course concludes presenting current trends and open problems.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
Registration in MS, Applied IT program or permission of Instructor.
The course will employ lectures, in class-quizzes to assess progress, and a final exam. Students will be required to write a technical paper on a topic which must be approved in advance by the instructor, and give a presentation at the end of the course.
Textbooks and Reading Materials
CISSP:Certified Information Systems Security Professional Study Guide, 5th edition
The required textbook is available electronically through the Safari Tech Books Online collection. You can access this book by following these steps:
Below is an outline of the 15 weekly class meetings (click here to get the course calendar).
The following tools will be used in this course.
Additional Resources & Information
Below is a list of additional and useful resources.
Grading will be based on class participation, assignments, and exams. Points for course activities will accrue as follow:
|In-class quizzes (3 @ 60 points each)||180|
Final letter grades are assigned as follows. Breakpoints may be adjusted depending on overall class performance.
|Point % range||Letter grade|
|97% - 100%||A+|
|93% - 96.9%||A|
|90% - 92.9%||A-|
|87% - 89.9%||B+|
|83% - 86.9%||B|
|80% - 82.9%||B-|
|77% - 79.9%||C+|
|73% - 76.9%||C|
|70% - 72.9%||C-|
|67% - 69.9%||D+|
|63% - 66.9%||D|
|60% - 62.9%||D-|
|0% - 59.9%||F|
Students who wish to recover credits lost in other course activities can volunteer to give short presentations (4-5 slides, 8-10 minutes) on a topic of their choice. Each short presentation will earn up to 30 points, for a maximum of two presentations per student during the whole course. Students must notify the instructor in advance of their intention to give a short presentation. Time and topic of the presentation must be approved by the instructor.
Regular attendance is strongly recommended. Students will be held responsible for all material covered in class. Quizzes and exams are given on the dates specified on the course schedule. Absence from taking any quiz/exam will result in a score of zero, unless cleared in advance with the instructor and arranged for a makeup session. Excusable absences are normally related to unavoidable and documented emergency situations.