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CNIT 125: Information Security Professional (CISSP Preparation)

Spring 2010 Sam Bowne

Scores posted 6-6-10

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CNIT 125 39694 501 WED 6-9 meets in SCIE 108 6:00-7-30, then moves to SCIE 215 & 214

Catalog Description

Covers information security in depth, including access control, application security, business continuity, cryptography, risk management, legal issues, physical security, and telecommunications and network security. This class helps to prepare students for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential, which is essential for high-level information security professionals.

Advisory: Students should have taken CNIT 123, or hold the Certified Ethical Hacker credential, or have equivalent knowedge of basic security.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain security and risk management.
  2. Define and implement access controls.
  3. Assess application security.
  4. Plan for business continuity and disaster recovery.
  5. Apply cryptography correctly to protect information.
  6. Explain legal regulations and ensure compliance.
  7. Perform investigations, preserve evidence, and cooperate with law enforcement authorities.
  8. Explain codes of conduct and ethical issues.
  9. Maintain security of operations.
  10. Assess physical and environmental security.
  11. Design security architecture.
  12. Explain telecommunications and network security.


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Wed 1-20  Ch 1: Information Security and Risk Management
Wed 1-27  Ch 1: Information Security and Risk Management
Wed 2-3 Ch 2: Access controls
Fri 2-5 Last Day to Add Classes
Wed 2-10Quiz on Ch 1 Ch 2: Access controls
Wed 2-17Quiz on Ch 2  Ch 3: Application Security
Mon 2-22 Last Day to Request Pass/No Pass Grading
Wed 2-24 Ch 3: Application Security
Wed 3-3Quiz on Ch 3  LOCKDOWN
Ch 4: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
Wed 3-10No Quiz
Email keys must be published by 8 PM 
Karin Nelson: Resume Writing Workshop
Wed 3-17Class Cancelled
Wed 3-24Quiz on Ch 4
Resume due
Ch 5: Cryptography
Wed 3-31 Holiday - No Class
Tue 4-6 Mid-Term Grades Due
Wed 4-7Quiz on Ch 5 Ch 6: Legal, Regulations, Compliance and Investigations
Wed 4-14Quiz on Ch 6 Ch 7: Operations Security
Fri 4-17 Last Day to Withdraw
Wed 4-21Quiz on Ch 7
1st practice test due
Ch 8: Physical and Environmental Security
Wed 4-28No Quiz
2nd practice test due
Ch 9: Security Architecture and Design
Wed 5-5Quiz on Ch 8 Ch 10: Telecommunications and Network Security
Wed 5-12Quiz in Ch 9
3rd practice test due
Ch 10: Telecommunications and Network Security
Wed 5-19  Last Class: Review
Wed 5-26  Final Exam: 6 pm Room Science 108

Lecture Notes

Student Agreement
Introduction to CNIT 125
Encrypted email setup guide
1: Information Security and Risk Management    PowerPoint
2: Access controls    PowerPoint
3: Application Security    PowerPoint
   OWASP's Top Ten Web Application Risks
4: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning    PowerPoint
5: Cryptography    PowerPoint
6: Legal, Regulations, Compliance and Investigations    PowerPoint
7: Operations Security    PowerPoint
8: Physical and Environmental Security    PowerPoint
9: Security Architecture and Design    PowerPoint
10: Telecommunications and Network Security    PowerPoint
The lectures are in Word and PowerPoint formats.
If you do not have Word or PowerPoint you will need to install the
Free Word Viewer 2003 and/or the Free PowerPoint Viewer 2003.

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Instead of the usual homework assignments, students will all work together in teams, led by student managers, to perform real security audits of real information systems. Every student will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. The security issues we find will be held in confidence, and we will contact the administrators of the vulnerable systems and try to convince them to amend the problems.

Students are required to prepare professional resumes, and encouraged to include their participation in this class as work experience.

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Introduction to CISSP and CNIT 125

CISSP 1: CISSP Education & Certification
CISSP 2: (ISC)2 | Certified Information Security Education
CISSP 3: CISSP was the third highest salaried certification in 2009
CISSP 4: DOD 8570 requires CISSP, Sec+, and other certs for all gov\'t Information Assurance employees
CISSP 5: CISSP exam prices
CISSP 6: (ISC)2 Code of Ethics
CISSP 7: Associate of (ISC) Certification
CISSP 8: SSCP Education & Certification
CISSP 9: Exam Prices (pdf)
CISSP 10: Test Prep: 10 Tips For Preparing and Passing the CISSP Exam
CISSP 11: How to get continuing education credit for CISSP certification holders
CISSP 12: GIAC Research in the Common Body of Knowledge -- Good white papers for the ten CISSP domains
CISSP 13: DoD Directive 8570.1 M - DoD Approved Baseline Certifications
CISSP 14: Associate of (ISC)^2 FAQ
CISSP 16: How I Prepared for the CISSP Exam--Sam Bowne
CISSP 17: A CISSP Study Plan Memoir
CISSP 18: CISSP Practice Test
CISSP 19: San Francisco Bay Area ISSA--CISSP Study Sessions
CISSP 20: CPE Requirements
CISSP 21: (ISC)^2 SF Chapter
CISSP 22: Average CISSP Salary 2017
CISSP 23: Exam Prices 2017
CISSP 24: Dilbert : How the CISSP Exam was Written
CISSP 25: Your Guide to the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam
CISSP 26: CyberVista Practice Exam (Recommended as of 2021)
CISSP 27: CASP vs. CISSP: The Real Fight Is For Candidates' Attention
CISSP 28: CISSP Certification Cheat Sheet, Study Guides & Best Courses
CISSP 29: ISC2 Launches New CISSP Exam Format to Help Bring More Cybersecurity Professionals into the Field
CISSP 30: Official (ISC)^2 CISSP Study App

Links for Chapter Lectures

Ch 2a: Octomom's hospital records accessed, 15 workers fired (from 2009)
Ch 2b: Three Primary Analytics Lessons Learned from 9/11 (2012)
Ch 2c: The Shadow Factory: The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America: James Bamford: 9780307279392: Amazon.com: Books
Ch 2d: Chelsea Manning explains why she leaked secret military documents, fought for transgender rights behind bars
Ch 2e: WikiLeaks Q & A: who is Bradley Manning and what did he do?
Ch 2f: Chelsea Manning - Wikipedia
Ch 2g: U.S.-EU & U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks
Ch 2h: Privacy Shield
Ch 2i: Privacy Shield -- Is Safe Harbour's Replacement Up To The Job In 2017? (May, 2017)

Ch 3a: DOD Directive 5200.28 defining security modes

Ch 4a: Memory segmentation - Wikipedia
Ch 4b: Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria - Wikipedia
Ch 4c: Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) | Twitter
Ch 4d: OWASP Top Ten Project
Ch 4e: Secret Service codename - Wikipedia
Ch 4f: Pretty Rindjael Animation
Ch 4g: IPsec - Wikipedia

Ch 5a: 64-bit Global Identifier (EUI-64)
Ch 5b: How FTP port requests challenge firewall security
Ch 5c: Online Dig | Men & Mice

Ch 6a: Call It Super Bowl Face Scan I (From 2001)
Ch 6b: Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans (from 2011)

Ch 9a: Metasploit Module Source Code in Ruby

Other Links

A Beginner's Guide to Data Compliance
HIPAA certification HCISPP vs CSCS
Certified Security Compliance Specialist
How to Reverse Engineering with Radare2 -- INTERESTING FOR PROJECTS
COBIT 5 Laminate
Describe the main differences in due dilligence and due care
DREAD (risk assessment model) - Wikipedia
US-EU Safe Harbor Data-Transfer Talks Enter Final Week (1-25-16)
Separation of Duties in Information Technology
Top 20 CIS Critical Security Controls (CSC) You Need to Implement
OWASP Top 10 Security Risks - Part V
The Phoenix Project

New Unsorted Links

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) | Practice Test Free Trial - CyberVista
RSA 2022 Volunteers
2022-05-03: CCSF Sleep-Out Protest
2023-05-10: KB5025885: How to manage the Windows Boot Manager revocations for Secure Boot changes associated with CVE-2023-24932 - Microsoft Support

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Last Updated: 6-6-10