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BCS 378: Information Security

Topics include cryptology principles, security, accuracy and privacy in computer systems with an analysis of hardware and software measures and counter-measures. A study of the National Bureau of Standards - DES (Data Encryption Standard), and other hardware and software techniques are included. Credits: 3.00


A two semester sequence of a programming language and BCS 262.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course, students will:

    1. Define threats, vulnerabilities, and controls.
    2. Understand encryption and security controls.
    3. Understand security in programs.
    4. Understand security in operating systems, database management systems, and networks.
    5. Understand security administration.
    6. Understand how society controls computer security risks and the ethical issues in computer security.


Conklin & White - Principles of Computer Security: CompTIA Security and Beyond, 3rd Edition
ISBN - 9780071788164


A final project on either of the following topics:

  • A research paper on a topic from the field of informaiton security
  • Write a program using the language of choice to implement the DES encryption algorithm.