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MISA 532 : Integrated Threat Warning and Attack Assessment for Enterprise Information Systems

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Integrated Threat Warning and Attack Assessment for Enterprise Information Systems
Virtually every organization large or small faces a non-stop demand to be connected -- with competitors and customers, with regulators and suppliers, and especially with its own shareholders, stakeholders and employees. The sheer volumes of data exchanged and their complexity and sophistication are growing faster than ever before, which makes it even more difficult for organizations to detect, isolate and characterize potential hazards, and separate the accidents or non-deliberate from potentially hostile actions. Faced with this ever-increasing volume of more complex information interchange, organizations must use more powerful and sophisticated techniques to help sift suspicious network activity from routine traffic. Some of the most promising of these increasingly sophisticated monitoring techniques employ aspects of machine learning. This course provides the foundational knowledge for appropriately deploying those techniques. Topics include security risks and vulnerabilities, mobile systems, social networks, and ways to enhance system security. Prerequisites: MISA 501 and MISA 502, or approval of the Program Chair

This course provides an understanding of what activities have historically constituted attacks, as well as sources of risks and vulnerabilities. As relates to security, this course also provides an understanding of the network characteristics of mobile devices; the greatest proportion of network devices in many countries. Familiarity with methods of visualizing and monitoring complex system activity is provided, as is an understanding of approaches for enhancing system security.

Upon completing this course, the student will be able to: Understand the continually-evolving nature of the hazards, risks and threats that face information-intensive business and organizational operations. Explain the management and technical challenges of conducting information systems threat warning, intrusion detection, monitoring and attack verification activities. Understand the role machine learning plays in sophisticated security systems. Plan and manage the selection, implementation and use of information security analytics, visualization, monitoring and surveillance capabilities. Develop plans and programs that provide their organization with flexible responses to emerging vulnerabilities and methods of attack. Plan and manage risk assessment and vulnerabilities assessments for information systems and processes that an organization depends upon. Make the business case for the right mix of monitoring, surveillance, detection and other information security and assurance activities and techniques.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Steve Chadwick - 2/25/2015
Wendi Kappers - 2/25/2015
Aaron Glassman - 2/25/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 2/25/2015
1-5 Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance Understand the interdisciplinary aspects (technical, business, management, and policy) of information assurance and information systems and organizational security.
2. Assess and manage the identification of and response to the changing nature of the information risks and information security challenges that increasingly complex, distributed organizations face.
3. Establish governance policies and management mechanisms necessary to develop, acquire, and operate sustainable, cost-effective secure information infrastructures.
4. Integrate various ethical, legal, technological and professional perspectives, both local and global, along with data protection and information assurance perspectives, throughout the various MIS decision making and managerial and leadership processes.
5. Manage and direct the development and operational use of information security and assurance procedures, policies and technologies throughout the organization.
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