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Cyber Physical Security (CPS) Courses

Lower Division

CPS 100 CYBER AND PHYSICAL SECURITY AWARENESS FOR ALL (3-0-3)(F). Introduction to cyber and physical security for all students.  Explores the principles and practices to keep device information safe; discussions of hacking, ethics, privacy, compliance, and an overview of policies and regulations related to security in cyber-physical systems. PREREQ: MATH 108 or satisfactory placement score.

CPS 200 INTERNET OF THINGS: CONNECTED DEVICES (3-0-3)(S). Introduction to applications, operating systems, computer hardware, and computer programming related to uses and practices in the internet of things. Discussions will include analysis of best practices in each area that makes those systems less vulnerable to hacking or interference. PREREQ: CPS 100.

Upper Division

CPS 300 HANDS-ON SECURITY: FROM HOME TO OFFICE AND EVERYTHING BETWEEN (3-0-3)(F). Modern communication systems, home networking, office network, operation networks, firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDS), intrusion protection systems (IPS), cybersecurity vulnerabilities, risks and threats at all levels will be discussed.  Analysis related to critical infrastructure, vulnerabilities of physical systems, and the protection of group information security will be discussed. PREREQ: CPS 100 and upper-division standing.

CPS 301 INFORMATION ASSURANCE AND CRITICAL THINKING (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Topics related to business needs and requirements, information assurance, information security, risk management, logic, communication and critical thinking in cyber-security or cyber-physical systems security. The course also examines the components of a comprehensive information assurance plan, day-to-day operation enterprise risk management, NIST cybersecurity framework, and NIST risk management framework. PREREQ: Foundation of Mathematics course.

CPS 302 INCIDENT RESPONSE AND RECOVERY (3-0-3)(S). Planning and recovery for critical incidents will be covered. Topics include risk assessment, preparation, identification, containment, eradication, and recovery related to cyber-physical attacks. Methods and approaches to create “lessons learned” reports, digital forensic analysis, and subsequent planning for changes to the systems.  PREREQ: CPS 100 and upper-division standing.

CPS 401 DEFENSIVE SECURITY (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Provides baseline of fundamental knowledge of defensive security. Includes systems engineering, scripting, cyber-informed engineering, cyber-kill chain, cloud security, MITRE ATT&CK human elements, logging, detection, prevention, monitoring, policies, programs, and procedures at different levels of an information system. Discusses creating and assessing security architectures, including DoDAF, SABSA, and MORDA. PREREQ: CPS 301.

CPS 402 OFFENSIVE SECURITY (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Discusses the tools and techniques used to  look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in a lawful and legitimate manner, along with the  tools and techniques to strengthen security of systems. Discusses network mapping, cloud security, scripting, basic IETF protocols and analyze how they work and how they have been exploited. PREREQ: CPS 301.

CPS 403 RECOVERY AND FORENSICS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Introduces the techniques and skills needed in computer forensics and data recovery.  From the use of enterprise computer forensics tools to analyze trace evidence left behind by unauthorized access. PREREQ: CPS 301.

CPS 410 FOUNDATIONAL ESSENTIALS FOR IT PRACTITIONERS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). A guided course with the goal of obtaining industry relevant certification.  The objective is to obtain credential for technical support and IT operational roles. Student will gain knowledge and skills necessary to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure office computing equipment, describe computing technologies, basic principles, adhere to professional standards, and use testing tools. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

CPS 411 FOUNDATIONAL ESSENTIALS FOR IT NETWORK PRACTITIONERS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). A guided course with the goal of obtaining network industry relevant certification. The objective is to obtain networking credential by covering troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure, describe networking technologies, basic design principles, and adhere to wiring standards and use testing tools. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

CPS 412 FOUNDATIONAL ESSENTIALS FOR IT CYBERSECURITY PRACTITIONERS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). A guided course with the goal of obtaining industry relevant certification. The objective is to obtain cybersecurity certification with the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to identify and address potential threats, attacks and vulnerabilities and establish techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection. PREREQ: CPS 301 or PERM/INST.

CPS 413 INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL ESSENTIALS FOR IT CYBERSECURITY PRACTITIONERS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). A guided course with the goal of obtaining industry relevant certification. Uses active learning with performance-based questions, and management skills used to plan, scope, and manage weaknesses, not just exploit them. Students will gain knowledge and skills to identify, exploit, report and manage vulnerabilities on a network. PREREQ: PERM/INST.