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Information Assurance Concentration Programs

The Information Assurance (IA) educational activities at ASU include the IA Concentration in five degree programs: B.S. degree in computer science, B.S.E degree in computer systems engineering, M.S. and M.C.S degrees in computer science, and Ph.D. degree in computer science. The IA courseware has been certified by the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program to satisfy the standards for (1) Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals (NSTISSI 4011) and (2) Senior Systems Managers (CNSSI 4012).

The IA courses being offered are listed below. Short training programs in Information Assurance and Security for practicing engineers have also been planned.

The requirements for Information Assurance concentrations can be found in the websites of specified degree programs.

 

B.S. in Computer Science

A minimum of 15 credits of specified courses in IA and related areas are required. In addition, students are encouraged to complete a project in IA in their capstone courses (CSE 485/486).

 

B.S.E. in Computer Systems Engineering

A minimum of 15 credits of specified courses in IA and related areas are required. In addition, students are encouraged to complete a project in IA in their capstone courses (CSE 423/424).

 

M.S. and M.C.S. in Computer Science

A minimum of 15 credits of specified courses in IA and related area are required. In addition, the M.S. thesis and the project portfolio for M.C.S. must have a major portion of the content in IA area.

 

Ph.D. in Computer Science

A minimum of 18 credits of specified courses in IA and related area are required. In addition, the Ph.D. dissertation must have a major portion of the content in IA area.

Information Assurance Courses


CSE 465: Information Assurance

Concepts of information assurance (IA); basic IA techniques, policies, risk management, administration, legal and ethics issues.

 

CSE 466/598: Computer Systems Security

Countermeasures to attacks to computer systems from miscreants (or hackers) and basic topics of cryptography and network security.

 

CSE 467/598: Data and Information Security

Basic concepts of security and privacy, data and database security, access controls, trust models, watermarking and private information retrieval.

 

CSE 468/598: Computer Network Security

Practical network security exposure and hands-on experience about basic concepts, case studies, and useful tools.

 

CSE 469 (CSE 494) /598: Computer and Network Forensics

This course discusses identification, extraction, documentation, interpretation, and preservation of computer media for evidentiary purposes and/or root cause analysis as well as methodologies, tools, and technologies for vulnerability assessment.

 

CSE 539: Applied Cryptography

Use of cryptography for secure protocols over networked systems, including signatures, certificates, timestamps, electrons, digital cash, and other multiparty coordination.

 

CSE 543: Information Assurance and Security

Comprehensive understanding of information assurance and security problems with the solutions as well as hands-on experiences about applying these solutions.

 

CSE 545: Software Security

Theories and tools for software security, including secure design, threat analysis and modeling, security testing and coding.

 

CSE 548: Advanced Computer Network Security

Comprehensive understanding of network security and corresponding solutions, including cryptography, access control, secure Web transactions, e-mail security, and viruses.