CNIT 125: Information Security Professional (CISSP Preparation)

Spring 2020 Sam Bowne

Mon 6:10 - 9:00 PM CRN 33191

Schedule · Slides · Links · Grading

CCSF Buildings Closed

My classes will continue via Zoom.

To attend my classes, click on this link when class starts:


The password is student

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.

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain security and risk management
  • Protect the security of assets
  • Manage security of engineering and software development processes
  • Control access to resources and manage identity, communications and network security
  • Perform security assessment, testing, incident response, and disaster recovery


"CISSP Cert Guide (3rd Edition) "; by Robin Abernathy, Troy McMillan; ISBN-10: 0789759691 Buy from Amazon ($40)


The quizzes are multiple-choice, online, and open-book. They are hosted on my Canvas server, along with the project scores. Study the textbook chapter and take the quiz before that class. Each quiz is due 30 min. before class. Each quiz has 5 questions, you have ten minutes to take it, and you can make two attempts.

To access the quizzes:

  • Go to https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/948FCK
  • If you've taken one of my classes previously, you should already have an account on this Canvas server (it's NOT the usual CCSF Canvas system). Otherwise, create a new account.
  • You should see the quizzes, as shown below.
  • Questions? Email CNIT.125@gmail.com
To reset your password, go to: https://canvas.instructure.com/login/canvas

To access the course after you have enrolled, go to: https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/1797928

Live Streaming

You can attend class remotely using Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/4108472927

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Lectures will also be recorded and published on YouTube for later viewing.

Presentations and Papers

Each student must make two in-class Presentations and write two Papers. Topics must be submitted in advance.

Presentations will be strictly limited to four minutes. Presentations may be done remotely via Zoom or YouTube.

Papers must be 500 - 1000 words, written in proper grammatical English, and free of plagiarism. Papers must be emailed as plaintext in the body of an email to CNIT.125@gmail.com

Here is an example of a suitable paper: Xi's choice: Destroy Trump, or save him and weaken America


Mon 1-13 Introduction to the Class & CISSP Certification


Mon 1-20 Holiday: No Class

Mon 1-27Class meets at 7 PM
Quiz Ch 1 (Part 1)
1. Security and Risk Management (Part 1)

Mon 2-3Quiz Ch 1 (Part 2) 1. Security and Risk Management (Part 2)


Mon 2-10Quiz Ch 2
Topic 1 due (5 pts)
2. Asset Security

Mon 2-17 Holiday: No Class

Mon 2-24Quiz Ch 3 (Part 1)
Early Presentation 1 (+10)
3. Security Engineering


Mon 3-2Quiz Ch 3 (Part 2)
Presentation 1 due (50 pts)
3. Security Engineering


Mon 3-9No Quiz
Late Presentation 1 (-10)
3. Security Engineering


Mon 3-16 Class Cancelled

Mon 3-23 Holiday: No Class

Mon 3-30Quiz Ch 4 (Part 1) 4. Communication and Network Security

Mon 4-6Quiz Ch 4 (Part 2)
Paper 1 due (50 pts)
4. Communication and Network Security

Mon 4-13No Quiz
Topic 2 due (5 pts)
4. Communication and Network Security

Mon 4-20Quiz Ch 5 5. Identity and Access Management

Mon 4-27Quiz Ch 6
Early Presentation 2 (+10)
6. Security Assessment and Testing


Mon 5-4Quiz Ch 7
Presentation 2 due (50 pts)
7. Security Operation



Mon 5-11Quiz Ch 8
Late Presentation 2 (-10)
Paper 2 due (50 pts)
Last Class: 8. Software Development Security

Wed 5-13 -  
Wed 5-20
Final Exam available online throughout the week.
You can only take it once.


Introduction to the Class & CISSP Certification · KEY · PDF

CISSP Promo (pdf) · (Key)

1. Security and Risk Management · KEY · PDF
2. Asset Security · KEY · PDF
3. Security Engineering · KEY · PDF
4. Communication and Network Security · KEY · PDF
5. Identity and Access Management · KEY · PDF
6. Security Assessment and Testing · KEY · PDF
7. Security Operations · KEY · PDF
8. Software Development Security · KEY · PDF

Click a lecture name to see it on SlideShare.
To convert from KEY to PPT, use Cloud Convert.


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

Last revised 5-11-20 7:19 pm