CS 07 — The Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Oct 29
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Instructor(s): Ahmed Banafa
Sep 24—Oct 29
This course offers an overview of the field of cybersecurity, including how to identify and manage cyber threats that can impact working professionals and organizations whose processes depend upon the secure transfer of sensitive information. We will begin with an introduction to cybersecurity and risk management, then explore general cybersecurity models including the CIA triad and the Parkerian hexad model. Next, we will consider the strengths and vulnerabilities of popular cybersecurity hardware and software tools, including firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), anti-virus software and spyware, and network monitoring tools. Finally, we will evaluate technology management processes, including intrusion detection and prevention systems, patch management, and incidents response. Along the way, students will learn to assess and diminish vulnerabilities within their organizations’ networks, systems, and data in order to protect the integrity, security, and confidentiality of their digital assets. Practical cases and real-world examples will be discussed, and guest speakers and industry experts will share their insights. We will conclude with a final project on designing and implementing a cybersecurity plan designed to meet students’ own professional and organizational needs.
Some knowledge of computer networks is recommended, but not required.
Ahmed Banafa, Professor of Engineering, San Jose StateAhmed Banafa’s work focuses on blockchain, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. He is the author of two books, Secure and Smart IoT Using Blockchain and AI and Blockchain Technology and Applications, which is forthcoming. Banafa studied electrical engineering at Lehigh.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.