Information Assurance (IA) is an emerging, rapidly expanding science that addresses problems in the fundamental understanding of the design, development, implementation and life cycle support of secure information systems. The online Information Assurance program provides an educational focus on Foundation principles, Theory and Research.Students will gain the skills necessary to analyze, design, and construct secure information systems. Program courses address the fundamental technologies, policies, and ethics involved in the protection of information systems. Hands-on experience is gained through numerous laboratory exercises associated with each course.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
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|Information Technology Ethics||3|
Course Number: CIST 3110
The course will cover the development and need for issues regarding privacy, the effect of current legislation, and the application of computer ethics to information technology. Prereq: CIST 3100
|Computer Security Management||3|
Course Number: CIST 4540
The purpose of this course is to integrate concepts and techniques from security assessment, risk mitigation, disaster planning, and auditing to identify, understand, and propose solutions to problems of computer security and security administration. Prereq: CIST4360 or permission of the instructor. (Crosslisted with ISQA 8546.)
|Introduction to C Programming||3|
Course Number: CSCI 2240
Programming in 'C' in a UNIX operating system environment; algorithm and program development and file manipulation using 'C'; UNIX-like utility development. Prereq:CSCI 1620
Course Number: CSCI 3320
Methods of representing arrays, stacks, queues, lists, trees, graphs and files. Searching and sorting. Storage management. Cross-listed with CSCI 8325. Prereq: CSCI 1620 and MATH 2030.
Course Number: CSCI 3550
Introduction to digital and analog data communication hardware, software and applications. Existing technologies and physical hardware for local and wide area networks. Transmission links, topological design, network protocols, addressing, routing and flow control. The ISO Open Systems Interconnect model. Cross-listed with CSCI 8555. Prereq: CSCI 3320/8325 Data structures and algorithms. C or C++ programming.
Course Number: IASC 3350
The course provides students with hands on experience in the field of security administration. The student will learn how a security professional fulfills various Information Assurance requirements using the Linux operating system. Topics include examination of vulnerabilities; procedures and tools for security assessment; development of security policies, procedures and standards; firewalls, logging and audit tools, hardening scripts as well as other tools and techniques used to implement secure computing environments. Prereq: CSCI 3320 or ISQA 3300
Course Number: IASC 3370
This course covers topics a system administrator would encounter in their profession. The student will learn how a system administrator fulfills various organizational information resource management requirements using the a Linux-based Operating System. Topics will include: installation; creating and maintaining file systems; user and group administration; backup and restore processes; network configuration; various system services; simple security administration; and updating and maintaining the system. Prereq: CSCI3320 or ISQA3300
|Information Security Policy and Awareness||3|
Course Number: IASC 3600
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of Information Security. The principles are laid out in such a way that computer professionals not only learn about principles; they learn them in a logical order that provides a framework for developing and performing the security tasks. The course will address hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures relative to information security in the organization. This course has a zero credit hour laboratory component. Prereq: CIST 2100; and ISQA 3400 or CSCI 3550 which may be taken concurrently.
|Foundations of Information Assurance||3|
Course Number: IASC 4360
Contemporary issues in computer security, including sources for computer security threats and appropriate reactions; basic encryption and decryption; secure encryption systems; program security, trusted operating systems; database security, network and distributed systems security, administering security; legal and ethical issues. Prereq: CSCI 3320/8325.(Cross-listed with CSCI 8366.)
|File Structures for Information Systems||3|
Course Number: ISQA 3300
Prereq: CIST 1620. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to computer file organizations and access methods. A fundamental understanding of the performance implications of each file organization is developed to allow the students to make information systems design choices that will optimize the performance of business information systems.
|Business Data Communications||3|
Course Number: ISQA 3400
Introduction to business data communications and teleprocessing, centralized, decentralized, and distributed systems, impact of distributed systems on hardware, software, data procedures, and personnel. Prereq: CIST 3100.
Course Number: MATH 2030
A foundations course in discrete mathematics for applied disciplines, including computer science and computer engineering. Topics include: logic, sets, relations, functions, complexity functions and big congruences, induction and recursive definitions, elementary combinatorics, discrete probability, graphs and trees. Prereq: MATH 1950 or MATH 1930.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.