CSIS 451 Cyber Defense


Course Description

This course introduces students to the concepts of defense in-depth, a security industry best practice. Topics include firewalls, backup systems, redundant systems, disaster recovery, and incident handling. Upon completion, students should be able to plan effective information security defenses, backup systems, and disaster recovery procedures. This course requires a lab component that provides practical experience working with current technologies for defense


Instructor

Dr. B. Wilson (bwilson at georgefox dot edu)
Office hours: Wood-Mar 224 (see schedule)


Texts

required


Resources


Objectives

The world today is a dangerous place for corporations. The Internet has given firms access to billions of customers and other business partners, but it has also given criminals access to hundreds of millions of corporations and individuals. Criminals are able to attack websites, databases, and critical information systems without ever entering the corporation’s host country. This course will examine the anatomy of many attacks and discuss the defense of such attacks.


Course Organization

The course will include regular homework and/or programming assignments. Unless otherwise specified, assignments are due before midnight on the due date. There will be no credit given for late assignments (without an excused absence)—turn in as much as you can.

Reading assignments should be completed before the lecture covering the material. Not all reading material will be covered in the lectures, but you will be responsible for the material on homework and exams. Quizzes over the assigned reading may be given at any time.


Collaboration

See the GFU CS/IS/Cyber policies for collaboration and discussion of collaboration and academic integrity. Most students would be surprised at how easy it is to detect collaboration in programming—please do not test us! Remember: you always have willing and legal collaborators in the faculty.

Almost all of life is filled with collaboration (i.e., people working together). Yet in our academic system, we artificially limit collaboration. These limits are designed to force you to learn fundamental principles and build specific skills. It is very artificial, and you'll find that collaboration is a valuable skill in the working world. While some of you may be tempted to collaborate too much, others will collaborate too little. When appropriate, it's a good idea to make use of others—the purpose here is to learn. Be sure to make the most of this opportunity but do it earnestly and with integrity.


Engineering Your Soul

The mission and vision statement of the Computer Science & Information Systems (CSIS) program states that our students are distinctive by "bringing a Christ-centered worldview to our increasingly technological world."

As one step towards the fulfillment of this objective, each semester, the engineering faculty will collectively identify an influential Christian writing to be read and reflected upon by all engineering faculty and students throughout the term. As part of the College of Engineering, CSIS students participate in this effort, known as Engineering Your Soul (EYS). This exercise will be treated as an official component of every engineering course (including CSIS courses) and will be uniquely integrated and assessed at my discretion, typically as a component of the quiz grade.

Students should read the assigned reading each week. Regular meetings will be scheduled throughout the semester that can be attended for chapel elective credit. Students should attend these meetings prepared to discuss the assigned reading, or email a reflection on the assigned reading on or before each meeting date.

It is our hope that students will not view this as one more task to complete, but as a catalyst for continued discussion ultimately leading to a deeper experience of Jesus Christ.


University Resources

If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office as early as possible so that your learning needs can be appropriately met. For more information, go to ds.georgefox.edu or contact Rick Muthiah, Director of Learning Support Services (503-554-2314 or rmuthiah@georgefox.edu).

My desire as a professor is for this course to be welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including students who are English-language learners, have a variety of learning styles, have disabilities, or are new to online learning systems. Be sure to let me know immediately if you encounter a required element or resource in the course that is not accessible to you. Also, let me know of changes I can make to the course so that it is more welcoming to, accessible to, or usable by students who take this course in the future.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) on the Newberg campus provides all students with free writing consultation, academic coaching, and learning strategies (e.g., techniques to improve reading, note-taking, study, time management). During the 2021 spring semester, the ARC is offering physically distanced, in-person appointments as well as virtual appointments over Zoom. The ARC, located in the Murdock Learning Resource Center (library), is open from 1:00–8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 12:00–4:00 p.m. on Friday. To schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, go to the online schedule at arcschedule.georgefox.edu, call 503-554-2327, email the_arc@georgefox.edu, or stop by the ARC. Visit arc.georgefox.edu for information about ARC Consultants' areas of study, instructions for scheduling an appointment, learning tips, and a list of other tutoring options on campus.


Health & Safety Protocol

For those who do not know me yet, I have a very medically fragile and immunocompromised wife and daughter that live at home and both are considered extreme high risk for most viruses, especially COVID-19. I have been able to keep them safe since the start of the pandemic, but I do not know for how much longer. I need your help protecting my family. You will see that I will still be wearing a face mask for the time being and I want you to understand why.

In my decades here at GFU I have watched 'the wave of ick' cascade across campus every year with coughs, colds and flu. Since we spend much/most of our time in the computer science laboratories and classrooms the following protective guidelines can help us all stop the wave or at least not perpetuate it within our labs/classrooms:


Grading

Grading Scale

Current Grades

The final course grade will be based on:


Tentative Schedule

Week 1

Intro, Syllabus, etc.

Week 2

Cyber Security Infographic

Week 3

VM Infrastructure

Week 4

Cyber Defense Competition Framework

Week 5

Cyber Defense Competition Framework

Week 6

IoT Vulnerabilities/Defenses

Week 7

IoT Vulnerabilities/Defenses

Week 8

IoT Vulnerabilities/Defenses

Week 9

Malware Analysis

Week 10

Malware Analysis

Week 11

Bug Bounty

Other Info NCL Pre-Season - all week

Week 12

SPRING BREAK

Other Info NCL Individual Game (3/31-4/2)

Week 13

Bug Bounty

Other Info: _

Week 14

OSINT

Other Info NCL Team Game (4/14-4/16)

Week 15

OSINT

Other Info: _

TBD

Final exam

Other Info: _


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