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CYBER DEFENSE PROGRAM OF STUDY OVERVIEW

The Augusta University cyber defense program of study is an undergraduate computing degree (in computer science or in information technology (Augusta University’s IT degree is currently named Bachelor of Science in Information Technology plus either a Cyber Defender Certificate or an Advanced Cyber Defender Certificate, see below. Both certificates may be earned by other majors.

Cyber Defender Certificate Coursework

To earn the certificate, students must complete the following courses with grades of “C” or better:

Required Courses
CSCI 1301 – Principles of Computer Programming I

A rigorous study of the principles of computer programming with emphasis on problem solving methods which result in correct, well-structured programs. Other topics: an introduction to data representation, data types and control structures, functions, and structured data types.

AIST 2320 or MINF 3614 – Introduction to Networking

AIST 2320: Introduces networking technology to include networking standards, networking media, networking hardware, access methods, network operating systems, TCP/IP basics, network security and the fundamentals of local area network and wide area network technologies. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1200, CSCI 1210, or CSCI 1301 with a grade of C or better. Credit not allowed for both CSCI 2320 & MINF 3614.

MINF 3614: Business introduction to networking technology including networking standards, networking media, networking hardware, access methods, network operating systems, TCP/IP basics, network security and the fundamentals of local area network and wide area network technologies. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301, CSCI 2120, or MINF 3612 with a minimum grade of C and full admission into the Hull College of Business. Note: credit not allowed for both MINF 3614 and AIST 2320.

CSCI 3520 – Introduction to Cyber Security

Overview of information security practices and needs. Topics include information security, types of attacks, risk analysis and management, security technologies, and basic information security implementation. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 2700 and either AIST 2320 or MINF 3614, or permission of instructor.

Elective Courses
AIST 3410 or CSCI 3410 – Database Management Systems

AIST 3410 : Designing, developing, and maintaining database resources is treated, emphasizing application of established database development tools within a structured development method. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301 and MINF 3650 with a grade of C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 3410: This course offers an introduction to database systems as a key concept in information management. The course covers logical and physical database organization, data models, file structures, indexing, hashing, query optimization, and design issues. This course will cover the design and implementation of databases. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3400 with a grade of C or better.

AIST 2330 – System Administration

A basic study of the UNIX operating system geared towards the operating system user, future system administrator, and security officer. Topics include listing, finding, displaying and printing files; system security; command-line editing; handling backups, system resources, and file permissions; script programming; and other administrative tasks. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1200, CSCI 1210, CSCI 1301, CSCI 2120 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3531 – Introduction to Defensive Cyber Operations

Overview of network security activities and techniques. Heavy use of information security tools will be demonstrated and practiced. Prerequisite(s): AIST 2330 or CSCI 2330 and AIST 3520 or CSCI 3520 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.

CSCI 3532 – Cyber Network Defense and Counter Measures

Emphasis placed on understanding the tools and devices used to secure a computer network (i.e. firewall, IDS, IPS). Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): AIST 3521 or CSCI 3531 with a C or better or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3541 – Digital Forensics

Overview of information security forensics activities. Topics include digital forensics investigative basics, techniques, and digital forensics examination criteria. Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): AIST 3520 or permission of instructor.

CSCI 2700 – Ethics in Computer Science

A study of the ethical, social and legal impacts of computers and their applications. Specific attention will be paid to professional responsibility, issues of privacy, property rights, legal issues and real risks. Corequisite: CSCI 1301.

CSCI 3270 – Operating Systems

A study of computer operating systems and related computer architecture topics. Topics include process management, scheduling, synchronization, deadlock, memory management, and virtual memory. Labs illustrate operating systems principles. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1302 with C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 3370 – Assembly Programming

A study of computer systems and programming at the assembly language level. Topics include computer structure, instruction execution, addressing techniques, digital representation of data, assemblers and associated system programs, and control of input/output devices. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1302 with C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 4280 – TCP/IP Protocol Analysis

Introduces network packet analysis and network traffic analysis techniques. Course provides in-depth coverage of the TCP/IP protocol suite. Popular diagnostic tools are used to monitor protocols in action and to understand how the network protocols work. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3271, CSCI 2320, or AIST 2320 with a grade of C or better.

CRJU 3341 – White Collar Crime

The study of criminal abuse of trust and power in corporations and government, including corporate abuse of power against owners, employees, publics-in-contact, and the public-at-large, as well as official response to such crimes. Organized crime, computer crime, electronic crime, securities fraud, and relevant law enforcement strategies are analyzed and contrasted with street crime. Prerequisite(s): CRJU 1103 or SOCI 1101.

MINF 3625 – Project Management

Project management is the use of a standardized set of documented processes to control projects in an organization. This course addresses the life cycle of a project, the management of the project, how a project scope is written, how the time management is constructed and communicated. Prerequisite(s): MINF 2201 or CSCI 1301.

MINF 3650 – Management Information Systems

Develops a broad understanding of the role of information technology, systems, and resources, especially in business settings. Prerequisite(s): Full admission into the Hull College of Business.

The goal of the Cyber Defender Certificate is to prepare certificate earning graduates for entry level information technology positions such as system administration, entry level Security Operation Center (SOC) security analyst, etc. 

Cyber Defender Certificate earners are not considered experts in the information security field, but eager professionals that show promise, interest, and with follow-on education, training and experience will be extremely valuable information security employees.  This certificate may be earned by any major at Augusta University.  All Augusta University undergraduate IT (AIST) degree earners and twenty-five percent of all computer science degree earners achieve this basic cyber defender certificate.

Advanced Cyber Defender Certificate Coursework

To earn the certificate, students must complete the following courses with grades of “C” or better:

Required Courses
CSCI 1301 – Principles of Computer Programming I

A rigorous study of the principles of computer programming with emphasis on problem solving methods which result in correct, well-structured programs. Other topics: an introduction to data representation, data types and control structures, functions, and structured data types.

CSCI 1302 – Principles of Computer Programming II

A continuation of problem solving methods and algorithm development. Topics include data structures and their implementation, algorithm development and programming. The emphasis is on program development and style. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301 (grade of C or better).

AIST 2320 or MINF 3614 – Introduction to Networking

AIST 2320: Introduces networking technology to include networking standards, networking media, networking hardware, access methods, network operating systems, TCP/IP basics, network security and the fundamentals of local area network and wide area network technologies. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1200, CSCI 1210, or CSCI 1301 with a grade of C or better. Credit not allowed for both CSCI 2320 & MINF 3614.

MINF 3614: Business introduction to networking technology including networking standards, networking media, networking hardware, access methods, network operating systems, TCP/IP basics, network security and the fundamentals of local area network and wide area network technologies. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301, CSCI 2120, or MINF 3612 with a minimum grade of C and full admission into the Hull College of Business. Note: credit not allowed for both MINF 3614 and AIST 2320.

AIST 2330 – System Administration

A basic study of the UNIX operating system geared towards the operating system user, future system administrator, and security officer. Topics include listing, finding, displaying and printing files; system security; command-line editing; handling backups, system resources, and file permissions; script programming; and other administrative tasks. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1200, CSCI 1210, CSCI 1301, CSCI 2120 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3520 – Introduction to Cyber Security

Overview of information security practices and needs. Topics include information security, types of attacks, risk analysis and management, security technologies, and basic information security implementation. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 2700 and either AIST 2320 or MINF 3614, or permission of instructor.

AIST 3410 or CSCI 3410 – Database Management Systems

AIST 3410 : Designing, developing, and maintaining database resources is treated, emphasizing application of established database development tools within a structured development method. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301 and MINF 3650 with a grade of C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 3410: This course offers an introduction to database systems as a key concept in information management. The course covers logical and physical database organization, data models, file structures, indexing, hashing, query optimization, and design issues. This course will cover the design and implementation of databases. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3400 with a grade of C or better.

CSCI 3531 – Introduction to Defensive Cyber Operations

Overview of network security activities and techniques. Heavy use of information security tools will be demonstrated and practiced. Prerequisite(s): AIST 2330 or CSCI 2330 and AIST 3520 or CSCI 3520 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.

CSCI 3532 – Cyber Network Defense and Counter Measures

Emphasis placed on understanding the tools and devices used to secure a computer network (i.e. firewall, IDS, IPS). Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): AIST 3521 or CSCI 3531 with a C or better or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3541 – Digital Forensics

Overview of information security forensics activities. Topics include digital forensics investigative basics, techniques, and digital forensics examination criteria. Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): AIST 3520 or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3270 – Operating Systems

A study of computer operating systems and related computer architecture topics. Topics include process management, scheduling, synchronization, deadlock, memory management, and virtual memory. Labs illustrate operating systems principles. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1302 with C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 3370 – Assembly Programming

A study of computer systems and programming at the assembly language level. Topics include computer structure, instruction execution, addressing techniques, digital representation of data, assemblers and associated system programs, and control of input/output devices. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1302 with C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 4280 – TCP/IP Protocol Analysis

Introduces network packet analysis and network traffic analysis techniques. Course provides in-epth coverage of the TCP/IP protocol suite. Popular diagnostic tools are used to minotor protocols in action and to understand how the newtork protocols work. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3271, CSCI 2320, or AIST 2320 with a grade of C or better.

CSCI 4990 – Undergraduate Research

Individual research in computer science. A minimum of three hours per week for each semester hour credit. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Department Chair.

Elective Courses
AIST 4960 – AIST Internship

An applied professional learning experience in applied information systems and technologies emphasizing faculty oversight of a directed work experience. Prerequisite(s): Permission of AIST curriculum committee.

CSCI 2700 – Ethics in Computer Science

A study of the ethical, social and legal impacts of computers and their applications. Specific attention will be paid to professional responsibility, issues of privacy, property rights, legal issues and real risks. Corequisite: CSCI 1301.

CRJU 3341 – White Collar Crime

The study of criminal abuse of trust and power in corporations and government, including corporate abuse of power against owners, employees, publics-in-contact, and the public-at-large, as well as official response to such crimes. Organized crime, computer crime, electronic crime, securities fraud, and relevant law enforcement strategies are analyzed and contrasted with street crime. Prerequisite(s): CRJU 1103 or SOCI 1101.

MINF 3625 – Project Management

Project management is the use of a standardized set of documented processes to control projects in an organization. This course addresses the life cycle of a project, the management of the project, how a project scope is written, how the time management is constructed and communicated. Prerequisite(s): MINF 2201 or CSCI 1301.

MINF 3650 – Management Information Systems

Develops a broad understanding of the role of information technology, systems, and resources, especially in business settings. Prerequisite(s): Full admission into the Hull College of Business.

The goal of the Advanced Cyber Defender Certification arms graduates with the specific, core skills needed to be successful in entry cybersecurity positions like network defense monitoring, penetration testing, vulnerability analyst, etc.