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Security Fundamentals

Security Fundamentals is a study of the information security field.  This course consists of 14 lessons along with corresponding labs and/or class activities. Topics covered include threats and attacks, network security, wireless network security, basic and advanced cryptography, business continuity, and risk management. The course addresses the core material of the CompTIA Security+ objectives.


PC Hardware and PC Software A+ courses. Students should be concurrently enrolled in CISCO networking courses or have at least one year of previous work experience in computer networking.

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify current challenges in computer security.
  • Describe malware and social engineering attacks against software, hardware, and virtualized environments.
  • List different kinds of attacks that happen through the application layer and the Web browser, and explain the steps to protect system from network attacks.
  • Utilize securing applications, operating systems, and application environments and use management tools either to enable applications or manage systems.
  • Explain how to perform a vulnerability assessment and list steps to mitigate identified vulnerabilities.
  • Implement basic protections in network design and explain how to enhance the security of networks through the layout and positioning of network equipment.      
  • Identify the most common protocols, tools, and techniques used to secure a network.
  • Explain drawbacks to wireless communication, the vulnerabilities of various wireless protocols, and appropriate techniques for properly securing wireless networks.      
  • Identify logical and physical access control methods and best practices.
  • Utilize techniques for verifying the identities of network users and explain basic capabilities of single sign-on systems and the advanced management of credentials needed when using them.
  • Explain schemes and methods of encryption and key management, including digital certificates and public key infrastructure.
  • Create a basic business continuity plan addressing how to continue operating information infrastructure during an incident or disaster.  Explain the availability aspect of the CIA triad as it applies to business continuity.
  • Explain the concept of an organization’s residual risk, including how to control risk and implement written organizational policies to address personnel behavior.



Quizzes will be worth 30% of the final grade. There will be a quiz for every chapter covered.

Final Exam

There will be a comprehensive final exam worth 30% of the final grade.

Homework Laboratory Exercises

Laboratory exercises measure skills and abilities relating to knowledge learned in class and will be worth 30% of the final grade.

Class Participation

Class participation is critical to success and will be worth 10% of the final grade. It is an effort grade based on being actively engaged in the classroom environment. Factors such as timeliness, quality participation in classroom discussions, staying engaged throughout the class period and willingness to listen and assist others are included in this grade. In-class labs or other in-class assignments may also be included in this grade.

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