CIS-254: Data Security for Business

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: CIS-254 Data Security for Business

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 class hours, 2 lab hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): CIS-153 and students must complete any developmental requirements in Mathematics (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course.

Course Description in college catalog:

This course introduces students to basic information security and cybersecurity principles expected within business settings and also beneficial for personal data security awareness. Students will learn how to protect information, computers and networks from attacks by means of case studies, discussions, and hands-on lab projects. Topics covered include malware, social engineering, application and networking attacks; data, computer, application and network security; cryptography; access control fundamentals; authentication and account management; and business continuity.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Computer Information Systems 

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Students will achieve the following course objectives:

  1. Recognize threats in each of the areas of information security and apply appropriate measures to protect against the threats. 

  2. Learn the apply information security measures through hands-on lab exercises.

  3. Learn the steps in analyzing case studies that provide real-world examples.

Program-specific outcomes

Use technical tools and analytical reasoning to implement solutions to business problems by managing operating system and networking software and creating a secure computer environment.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Student participation

  2. Hands on laboratory assignments

  3. Hands on programming work outside the classroom/Lab

  4. Hands on programming exams/tests

  5. Project(s) implementation and presentation using audio visual equipment 

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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