Junior cybersecurity students take CS 379 to learn principles, methods, and techniques related to ethical hacking and penetration testing. Today’s information systems are only as strong as their weakest points—ethical hackers test those systems to find vulnerabilities before non-ethical hackers exploit those same vulnerabilities. Using a virtual lab environment, you will analyze network traffic, identify and remove malware from a computer system, exploit workstations and servers, audit a network for vulnerabilities, and perform other activities to help harden an organization’s defenses. Emphasis is also placed on both the legal and ethical implications related to engaging in these types of activities.
Information Security Management
In CS 471, you’ll learn the fundamentals of security from a managerial perspective with regards to design, implementation, maintenance, and disaster recovery. Security is just as much the responsibility of management as it is for IT personnel. Using NIST frameworks, projects will give you insight into developing a security strategy, assessing potential risks, creating a security incident playbook, planning physical security installations, and more. You’ll learn the impact of security across a business and how to manage that impact to make cybersecurity implementation successful across an organization.