Course Description

Basic security concepts, policies, models, technologies, management, evaluation, and real-life cases with hands-on skills.

This 3 credit undergraduate course is intended to teach fundamental elements in information security and introduce the key areas of security challenges, countermeasures, and real-life examples. The course will focus on a comprehensive understanding of information security rather than a specific security area. Topics include security properties, vulnerabilities, cryptography, security policies, access control, authentication, firewalls, wireless security, Internet security protocols, security management, security evaluation, and real-life cases. Students will also have hands-on experiences in information security through customized online labs.



Professor of Record

Joon Park


Undergraduate students.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the fundamental security properties, challenges, countermeasures, and real-life examples.
  2. Describe the key concepts, technical elements, and their trade offs in security policies, models, cryptography, access control, authentication, secure communications, firewalls, Internet security protocols, and security evaluation.
  3. Explain in-depth security knowledge and skills in the security case studies that they selected.
  4. Demonstrate the hands-on ability in host protection, cryptography, secure communication, and network security analysis, using various security services and tools.
  5. Exhibit the ability in research, presentation, and Q&A discussion about information security.
  6. Develop specialty on a specific area of information security in their further study and career preparation, extending the knowledge and skills learned from this course.

Course Syllabi

IST 323 Fall 2021 Syllabus- Joon Park

IST 323 Fall 2021 Syllabus- Christopher Croad

IST 323 Fall 2021 Syllabus- James Enwright

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