CSIA Course Listing

Cybersecurity for Leaders and Managers (CSIA 300, 3 Credits)
(Designed in part to help prepare for the EC-Council Secure Computer User [CSCU] certification.) Prerequisite: Any CMIS, CMSC, CMIT, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV. Recommended: IFSM 201. A survey of the cybersecurity principles, practices, and strategies required by leaders and managers to become strategic partners in the establishment, management, and governance of an enterprise's cybersecurity program. The aim is to develop both an understanding of how cybersecurity supports key business goals and objectives and the ¿soft skills¿ necessary for success in a leadership or managerial role. Topics include the fundamentals of cybersecurity practices and principles; enterprise IT governance processes and security controls; data security; the information life cycle; intellectual property protections; privacy laws and regulations; security education, training, and awareness; and the need for cooperation and collaboration between business units and the organization's cybersecurity program.

Cybersecurity Processes and Technologies (CSIA 310, 3 Credits)
(Includes content designed to help in preparing for EC-Council Certified Incident Handler [ECIH] certification.) Prerequisites: IFSM 201 and WRTG 112 or equivalent. A study of the processes and technologies used to implement and manage enterprise IT security operations. The goal is to apply and integrate cybersecurity concepts and best practices with the principles of IT operations and management and to prepare for a government- and industry-recognized intermediate level cybersecurity certification (Certified Incident Handler). Topics include the essential management and operational activities (acquisition, deployment, and operations) required to secure IT technologies and business operations against a wide variety of threats and attacks.

Cybersecurity in Business and Industry (CSIA 350, 3 Credits)
Prerequisites: CSIA 310 and WRTG 112 or equivalent. A study of the application and integration of cybersecurity principles, frameworks, standards, and best practices to the management, governance, and policy development processes for businesses. Discussion covers the organization, management, and governance of cybersecurity for enterprise IT in business settings; risk and risk management practices; and development and implementation of industry-wide cybersecurity initiatives and programs.

Cybersecurity in Government Organizations (CSIA 360, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: CSIA 350. A study of cybersecurity management and governance in the context of the missions, functions, and operations of federal, state, and municipal government agencies, departments, and programs. Discussion covers the policy life cycle and the mechanisms used by governments to formulate and implement laws, policies, regulations, and treaties to protect and defend government operations and society as a whole against cyber attacks and crimes, both foreign and domestic.

Cybersecurity Policy, Plans, and Programs (CSIA 413, 3 Credits)
(Includes content designed to help in preparing for IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional/US certification.) Prerequisite: CSIA 360. A study of the application of cybersecurity principles, frameworks, standards, and best practices to organization-level strategies, policies, programs, plans, procedures, and processes. The aim is to assist students in preparing to take an internationally recognized information privacy certification. Projects include writing security policies and plans, developing metrics and measures for information security programs, planning audits of compliance practices and processes, and developing organization-level security policies for enterprise IT governance. Discussion covers principles and best practices for protecting privacy and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations.

Evaluating Emerging Technologies (CSIA 459, 3 Credits)
Prerequisites: CMIT 320 and CSIA 350. A survey of emerging and leading technologies in the cybersecurity field. The aim is to research, evaluate, and recommend emerging technologies and determine secure implementation strategies for best-fit business solutions. Topics include evolutionary technology development and adoption in organizations.

Practical Applications in Cybersecurity Management and Policy (CSIA 485, 3 Credits)
(Intended as a final, capstone course to be taken in a student's last 6 credits; includes content designed to help in preparing students for the EC-Council Certified Chief Information Security Officer [CCISO] and Information Security Manager [EISM] certifications.) Prerequisites: CMIT 320 and CSIA 413. A study of cybersecurity management and policy that integrates knowledge gained from previous coursework and experience. Focus is on developing security strategies, plans, policies, and processes for the protection of an organization's critical information and assets. The goal is to enhance professional skills in cybersecurity management and leadership. Topics also include the ethical integration of cybersecurity best practices and risk management throughout an enterprise.

Workplace Learning in Cybersecurity (CSIA 486A, 3 Credits)
Prerequisites: 9 credits in the discipline and prior program approval (requirements detailed online at www.umgc.edu/wkpl). The integration of discipline-specific knowledge with new experiences in the work environment. Tasks include completing a series of academic assignments that parallel work experiences.

Workplace Learning in Cybersecurity (CSIA 486B, 6 Credits)
Prerequisites: 9 credits in the discipline and prior program approval (requirements detailed online at www.umgc.edu/wkpl). The integration of discipline-specific knowledge with new experiences in the work environment. Tasks include completing a series of academic assignments that parallel work experiences.

Human Aspects in Cybersecurity: Ethics, Legal Issues, and Psychology (CSIA 520, 6 Credits)
(For cybersecurity majors only. May also be applied to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity or Cybersecurity Policy at UMGC as equivalent to CSEC 620, if completed with a grade of B or better.) Prerequisites: 18 credits of coursework in the major, including CSIA 485, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major at UMGC. An examination of the human aspects in cybersecurity. Topics include ethics, relevant laws, regulations, policies, standards, psychology, and hacker culture. Emphasis is on the human element and the motivations for cyber crimes. Analysis covers techniques to prevent intrusions and attacks that threaten organizational data.

National Cybersecurity Policy and Law (CSIA 535, 6 Credits)
(For cybersecurity majors only. May also be applied to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy at UMGC as equivalent to CSEC 635, if completed with a grade of B or better.) Prerequisites: 24 credits of coursework in the major, including CSIA 520, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major at UMGC. An exploration of the role of government in securing cyberspace. Topics include federal, state, and local entities involved in cybersecurity; relevant laws and regulation; concepts of civil liberties, intellectual property, and privacy; policy formulation and analysis; law enforcement; development and diffusion of standards; and national security. Discussion also covers public/private engagement models and opportunities and tools for government to encourage cybersecurity education, awareness, and research.