CNIT 125: Information Security Professional (CISSP Preparation)

Spring 2016 Sam Bowne



Schedule · Slides · Projects · Links · Home Page

37183 601 Lec Sat 9:10 - 12:00 SCIE 37

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 knowledge 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.


"CISSP Study Guide, Third Edition"; by Eric Conrad, Seth Misenar, Joshua Feldman; ISBN-10: 0128024372 Buy from Amazon ($45)


DateQuiz & AssignmentMeeting Time - Topic
Sat 1-23  9:10 - Introduction; Forming Groups; NDA; Ch 2 begins
Sat 1-30 9:10 - Ch 2 finishes
Fri 2-5 Last Day to Add Classes
Sat 2-6Quiz: Ch 2
Group Projects Begin
First Assignment Given
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 3
Sat 2-13 Holiday: No Class
Sat 2-20Quiz: Ch 3
Assignment 1 Due
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 4 begins
Sat 2-27No Quiz
Assignment 2 Due
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 4 continues
Sat 3-5No Quiz
Assignment 3 Due
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 4 finishes

Sat 3-12 Class meets at 9:30
No Quiz
No Assignment Due
Guest Speaker: Nicholai Piagentini
Palo Alto Networks

Sat 3-19Quiz: Ch 4
Assignment 4 Due
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 5 begins

Sat 3-26No Quiz
Assignment 5 Due
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 5 continues

Sat 4-2 Holiday: No Class

Sat 4-9No Quiz
Assignment 6 Due
Resume Due
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 5 finishes

Sat 4-16Quiz: Ch 5
Assignment 7 Due
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 6

Sat 4-23Quiz: Ch 6
Assignment 8 Due
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 7 & 8 begins

Sat 4-30No Quiz
Assignment 10 Due
9:10 - Managers
9:30 - Ch 8 finishes

Sat 5-7

Sat 5-14No Quiz 9:10 - Last Class: Ch 9

Sat 5-21  9:10 - Final Exam


Introductory Materials

Welcome message
Non-Disclosure Agreement (PDF)

Introduction to CNIT 125 · KEY

Technical Lectures

Ch 2. Security and Risk Management I (part 1) (Ch 1 from old book) · KEY
Ch 2. Security and Risk Management I (part 2) · KEY
Ch 3. Asset Security · KEY
Ch 4. Security Engineering (Part 1) · KEY
Ch 4. Security Engineering (Part 2) · KEY
Ch 5. Communication and Network Security (Part 1) · KEY
Ch 5. Communication and Network Security (Part 2) · KEY
Ch 6. Identity and Access Management · KEY
Ch 7. Security Assessment and Testing · KEY
Ch 8. Security Operations · KEY
Ch 9. Software Development Security · KEY

Student Presentations

Honeypot and Malware: Alan Wennersten and Jeffrey Tom

Click a lecture name to see it on SlideShare. If you want to use other formats, you may find this useful: Cloud Convert.

Back to Top


Research & Present (extra credit)

Instead of the usual homework assignments, students will all work together in teams, led by student managers, to perform security audits of information systems and other projects with real significance. Every student will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Students are required to prepare professional resumes.

Students are required to give presentations in class.

Back to Top


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


Old links

Back to Top
Last Updated: 5-9-16 10 am