Studies in Information Security – CSIS 340

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course introduces the basic issues and principles of information system security such as security policies, their mechanisms of implementation, means attackers use to circumvent these protections, and defenses against these attackers. (Formerly CSCI 340)

(Crosslisted with BUSI 417)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


As information systems are used in more aspects of our society, the danger of malicious and criminal data usage increases. The student ought to be aware of the personal and business risks associated with computer use. It is important for the student to understand how to employ prudent safeguards against these threats.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe and contrast information systems security, information assurance, and system security policy management.
  2. Demonstrate how security policies mitigate risk.
  3. Describe current trends in information security.
  4. Describe how risk management policies are designed, organized, implemented, and maintained.
  5. Discuss the relevance of course material and the use of technology to a biblical worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will answer questions in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The student must submit a thread of at least 250 words that completely answers the question(s) for each forum. In addition to the thread, the student must also reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. The student must use complete paragraphs, use current APA formatting, and cite information that is not his/her own.

Course Project Assignments (2)

Each Course Project Assignment must follow current APA formatting guidelines. Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete quizzes in weeks 1, 2, 5 and 6 in this course. Each quiz will cover the content from the weekly reading, presentation, discussion and topics covered. The quizzes will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions. You will have 1 hour to complete each. Each quiz is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the Module/Week in which it is assigned.

Exams (2)

The Midterm and Final Exams will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, consist of 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1 ½ -hour time limit.