Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

CIT 161: Essentials of Information Security

General Information

  • Name: Essentials of Information Security
  • Discipline: Computer Information Technology (CIT)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces students to fundamental concepts of information security. Provides a basic understanding of best practices and current standards and will explore topics of increasing importance in the industry as a whole. Provides practical knowledge and skills using monitoring and detection tools in a hands-on lab environment.
Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

II: Course Objectives

This course will introduce a student to fundamental concepts of computer and network security. Students will gain a basic understanding of best practices, standards and laws governing information security. Students will also gain practical knowledge and skills using monitoring and detection tools in a hands-on lab environment.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Assess a network for threats and vulnerabilities
  • Identify hacking and attack methods
  • Develop a backup and recovery plan
  • Understand cryptography
  • Utilize intrusion detection systems

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course fulfills Western Nevada College's Student Learning Objectives of ensuring that successful students:

  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Are able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Understand the theoretical principles behind creating and maintaining a professional level Web site.
  • Use current software to create, publish, and maintain a professional level Web site.
  • Apply techniques appropriate to their specialty in the operation of a Web site.


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