CSCI 199: Cybersecurity Syllabus


Aspen Olmsted
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Office: Harbor Walk East 315
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Class place and time

Harbor Walk East 105F – TR 11:20am – 12:35pm

Catalog description

CSCI 199 Cybersecurity

This learning community invites you to learn about the connections between Russia and Cybersecurity. In recent years, Russian hacking and cybercrime have become the most widespread and dangerous threats to US computer security systems. Governments and private businesses are scrambling to find Cybersecurity experts who specialize in Russian. This learning community helps you to acquire this much-needed expertise.

RUSS 101 introduces you to the Cyrillic alphabet and Russian language, with a focus on computer vocabulary. CSCI 199 focuses on the domains of cybersecurity with specific examples applied to the Russian attacks.  We will cover the following domain areas and touch on specific Russian attacks that penetrated the area in question:

  • Access Control and Identity Management
  • Cryptography
  • Policies, Procedures, and Awareness
  • Physical Security
  • Perimeter Defenses
  • Network Defenses
  • Host Defenses
  • Application Defenses
  • Data Defenses

Course Outcomes

  • Understand The Need for Security.
  • Understand Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Information Security.
  • Investigate Planning for Security.
  • Investigate Risk Management.
  • Understand Security Technology: Firewalls, VPNs, and Wireless.
  • Understand Security Technology: Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems and Other Security Tools.
  • Understand Cryptography.
  • Understand Physical Security.
  • Understand How To Implement Information Security.
  • Investigate Security and Personnel.
FYE Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to identify and use the appropriate academic resources and student support services at College of Charleston.  These would include the Addlestone library, information technology, the Center for Student Learning, the Career Center, and other appropriate academic resources, student support services, and cultural resources. This will be assessed with an end of semester exam in the First Year Synthesis Seminar course.
Students will be able to use appropriate tools and search strategies for identifying particular types of information specific to the discipline; Evaluate the relevance, quality, and appropriateness of different sources of information; Recognize and classify the information contained within a bibliographic citation; Access and use information ethically and legally. This will be assessed with a source identification and source relevance activity that will be part of the FYE embedded librarian session.
Students will be able use appropriate critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques in appropriate disciplinary contexts and make connections across disciplines and/or relevant experiences

Required text

Whitman, Michael E., and Herbert J. Mattord. Principles of Information Security. Independence, KY: Cengage, 2014. 5th edition. (e-book purchase = $79.00)

Grading scale

100-92 (A); 91-89 (A-); 88-86 (B+); 85-82 (B); 81-79 (B-); 78-76 (C+); 75-72 (C); 71-69 (C-); 68-62 (D); else (F)

Evaluation schedule

25% Quizzes
30% Papers
10% Russian Website Project
15% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam


Each unit will have an online quiz you will take at home (open book).

Midterm Exam

The mid-term exam will be around 70 questions and the due date will be posted to Oaks.

Final Exam

The final exam will be around 70 questions and the due date will be posted to Oaks.


Each student will research three different attacks and write an opinion paper on each attack and how we should defend against such attacks.

Website Project

Over the semester the student will build a web-site using the Joomla Content Management system.  The content of the site will be available in English and Russian.  The content of the website will be their research papers and preliminary blogs.


If you have a documented disability and are approved to receive accommodations through
SNAP Services, please contact me.

Student Honor Code

I expect you to abide by the Honor Code and the Student Handbook: A Guide to Civil and
Honorable Conduct. If you have a question about how to interpret the Honor Code, ask before
acting! I encourage collaboration, but you must document it. Thus, each student will submit
their own homework and, when collaborating, provide a reference to those people and
documents consulted.

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