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Barbara E. Endicott
LIS 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Library service and information science subject matter in seminars, workshops, or other appropriate formats. Topics vary and may be repeated for credit.

Class description

The course provides a conceptual overview of Information Assurance (IA) and what a qualified Information Assurance specialist should master. IA can be described as enterprise-wide computer security. This terminology has evolved from the concept of "computer security" as dependence on networks has altered our concepts of information system security to include, not only technology, but policies, procedures and the human factor, as well.

The course curriculum is designed for professionals responsible for the security of the physical and electronic components of information systems, including networks, operating systems, data and applications. Mastery of the material leads to improved decision-making capabilities for the IA professional. Students learn how vulnerabilities in information systems arise and gain an understanding of the evolving, asymmetric threats that these systems face. In addition, students learn from best practices in the Pacific Northwest cybersecurity practitioner community about the most effective controls for mitigating vulnerabilities.

Instruction is complemented by presentations from local experts committed to raising awareness of the critical computer security problems that pose threats to organizational IA. This will allow students to expand their professional network and enhance their careers.

The course meets the training standards described in CNSS no. 4011 and 4014 and is offered under the auspices of the NSA Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the UW. In addition, the material covered can be used as an overview for studying for the CISSP exam. At the end of the course, students may choose to sit for the test.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be taught through lectures, complemented with guest speakers who will bring the practitioner's views into the classroom.

Recommended preparation

Assignments are due the date indicated in the syllabus, unless otherwise stated by the instructor. 5%/day late penalty for late assignments. Assignments over a week late not accepted. No exceptions, unless absence approved in advance.

Maintain the pace of the class.

Class assignments and grading

Overview of Course Assignment Grading Assignment Percentage Homework 1a: (individual) Acquire/Download/Install UWICK 5% Homework 1b: (individual) Experiments w/ PC Protection Software 10% Homework 2a & b: (individual) Security Analysis Assignment 20% Homework 3: (individual) Computer Forensics Assignment 15% Discussion Topics 15%* Final Project--Report 20%* Final Project--Presentation 10%* Final Self-Exam (optional) 0% Participation 5% TOTAL 100%

* These items are team efforts

Assignment rubrics are given in the syllabus along with a description of each assignment.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Barbara E. Endicott
Date: 09/26/2005