Homeland Security (HLSD)

Courses

HLSD 110  Introduction to Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

The primary focus of this course is on issues dealing with the security of the citizens and industries of the United States, with emphasis on the transportation system and critical infrastructure protection roles of states, cities, and municipalities. Specific subjects introduced include the mission; the functions and responsibilities; and the legislative and regulatory framework governing the various agencies of the Department of Homeland Security; criminal acts against transportation; emergency management within the United States; the intelligence community and its role in homeland security; and issues pertaining to air; airtime; surface; and cargo security.

HLSD 155  Foundations of Information Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Survey of the broad field of cyber-security and information assurance. Definition of information security; the need for this field of study; ethical and legal issues; risk management and planning; and information security technology; role of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in securing the cyberspace and the nation's information-related infrastructures.

HLSD 215  Introduction to Industrial Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will review the fundamentals of security and emergency planning and management. The nature, scope, history, and essential elements of security in the workplace are discussed with emphasis on personal protection and to a limited extent property protection. The workplace will include selected aviation and industrial settings. Operational aspects of security that include strategies for identifying and controlling security exposures and applicable legal issues are also discussed. Students develop and/or evaluate security programs for selected industries.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110.

HLSD 235  Computer and Network Technologies  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to the technology that underlies computers and communication networks, Understanding of how computers operate; how users interact with computers; how computers store data; how computers communicate with other computers; the building blocks of communications networks; the Internet, and TCP/IP communications protocols and applications.

HLSD 280  Professional Skills in Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Prepare students to seek and win internships. Personality evaluations, cover letter and resume preparation, interviewing skills. Ethics and professionalism in homeland security.

HLSD 315  Critical Infrastructure Security, Resilience, and Risk Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

Critical infrastructure security, resilience, and risk analysis. History and evolution of critical infrastructure on both public and private levels. Federal definitions, sector identification, composition and characteristics of critical infrastructure, as expressed in formal documents (Stafford Act, PDD-63; HSPD-7, PPD-21) and within the private sector. The public-private partnership approach between infrastructure sectors, and sector-specific plans, critical infrastructure in a global context. Definition and role of resilience in critical infrastructure planning and disaster mitigation, response, and recovery. Complete a project involving an in-depth review and presentation of a critical infrastructure sector. Additionally, the concept of risk analysis as a means by which resources and assets are allocated to critical infrastructure(s). Complete a group project utilizing a qualitative risk assessment methodology. Risk fundamentals, network theory, continuity of business planning, and cost-benefit analysis. A formal risk analysis report will be completed at the conclusion of the project and an oral presentation will be delivered. Role of risk in the overall mission of the Department of Homeland Security, to include the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). Successful completion of a FEMA on-line certification on the NIPP.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110 and HLSD 215.

HLSD 320  Homeland Security Law and Policy  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an overview of key legal, policy, and ethical issues in the context of Homeland Security policy and practice. Students examine legal concepts regarding constitutional rights of individuals, legal process, access to courts, the law of war, and national security principles as they relate to homeland security legislation and policy initiatives. Legal principles of due process, habeas corpus, search and seizure, compulsory process, and international agreements are explored in greater depth. The law of war will be examined in the context of preemptive war and the 2006 National Security Strategy, as well as issues involving the status of combatants and detention. Elements of national security law, including intelligence collection and sharing, the Patriot Act, and military-civilian relations will also be discussed. Recent Supreme Court decisions relating to some of the above concepts and legal principles will be examined and discussed.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110 and HLSD 215.

HLSD 335  Information Security Tools and Techniques  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to the tools and techniques used to secure computers; data networks; and digital information. How attackers view and identify vulnerabilities; weaknesses. Methods to attack and secure operating systems; communications infrastructures; and data networks including TCP/IP and the Internet; including attacker applications. Demonstration and hands-on exercises.
Prerequisites: HLSD 235.

HLSD 360  Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security  3 Credits

Strategic planning is the process of defining an organization's strategy (a long term plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal or objective) or direction and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital, its technology and its human resources. This course will investigate the nature of strategic planning as it relates to homeland security and national security in the U.S. In addition, students will explore how strategic planning relates to decision making in more stable environments as well as decision making under uncertainty. Relevant legislation and past decisions (such as the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis) will be explored. In addition, the basic concepts of and techniques for strategic communication will be explored and developed and related to decision making.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110 and HLSD 215.

HLSD 365  Introduction to Digital Forensics  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to the field of digital forensics; its use in gathering evidence; information interpretation for criminal and civil courts; use for intelligence gathering; in research; and incident response. Legal aspects governing search and seizure; the role of file systems and operating systems and how they interrelate; basic tools for computer, network, and mobile forensics acquisition, analysis, and reporting. Demonstration and hands-on exercises.
Prerequisites: HLSD 235.

HLSD 405  Emergent Topics in Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will present multiple learning opportunities for students in either the terrorism or the emergency management area of concentration. In a seminar format, this course will be facilitated by the instructor as an advanced reading class wherein current or emerging topics specific to a given area of concentration will be explored. The instructor will present a series of articles, case studies, and talking points that each student will read and be prepared to discuss in class. In addition, the concept of business continuity planning will be described and illustrated. In the second half of the semester, each student will lead at least one class in the scholarly discussion of a topic assigned to him/her. Domestic and foreign policy implications will be considered.

HLSD 410  Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course studies the nature and structure of exercise design as it is applied in the homeland security professions in general, and in the field of emergency management in particular. Students will be introduced to the nature and characteristics of both discussion-based and operations-based exercises as well as the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) inside the Department of Homeland Security. A brief history of the origins of emergency management and its legislative background (e.g., HSPD 5 and HSPD 8) will be presented. A final student project and presentation that demonstrates the student's understanding of how exercises are designed, scripted, implemented, and evaluated is required.
Prerequisites: HLSD 315.

HLSD 465  Cybercrime and Cyberlaw  3 Credits (3,0)

Types of criminal behavior in cyberspace, such as identify theft, white collar crimes, fraud, child sexual exploitation, intellectual property theft, and online scams. Laws governing cyberspace, defining criminal activity and guiding law enforcement investigations; U.S. decisional law guiding search and seizure of digital devices and information; international laws related to computer crime and privacy.
Prerequisites: HLSD 335 and HLSD 365.

HLSD 480  Environmental Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Students will learn how environmental issues may give rise to sociopolitical instability around the world. This course will explore how the development and execution of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, and ultimately U.S. national security, can be impacted by emerging threats to nations from environmental health issues, infrastructure vulnerabilities, and natural resource shortages caused by rapid industrialization, population growth, and urbanization in less developed countries. It will also examine transnational threats from ozone depletion, deforestation, and climate change. In a seminar format, students and faculty will cover a variety of readings and discuss their conclusions. Students will have the opportunity to lead class discussions on assigned readings.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110.

HLSD 485  War, Terrorism, and Diplomacy in Cyberspace  3 Credits (3,0)

Cyberdiplomacy; cyberwar; cyberterrorism, definitions and examples and uses in illegal, violent actions against people for purposes of furthering ideological, economic, or political objectives. Impact of cyberspace on modern views of warfare, terrorism, and diplomacy.
Prerequisites: HLSD 465.

HLSD 495  Homeland Security Capstone I  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to allow the student to explore more deeply issues specific to aspects of homeland security as they affect businesses. Students are expected to work collaboratively in groups to identify a real client, on or off campus, for whom the student group will attempt to solve a homeland security or emergency management related challenge. Each student group will research the origins of their client's challenge, and attempt to identify best practices in the field in order to adapt and apply them to their client's challenge. All projects will contain an introduction, literature review, problem statement, risk/hazard analysis, risk mitigation plan, and policy recommendations that are sensitive to economic realities facing their client. Students will culminate their final projects with presentations to their classmates and to their clients at the end of the term. The expectation of this class is to develop a professional example of the student's thinking and writing.

HLSD 496  Homeland Security Capstone II  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to allow the student to explore more deeply issues specific to aspects of homeland security as they affect businesses. Students are expected to work collaboratively in groups to identify a real client, on or off campus, for whom the student group will attempt to solve a homeland security or emergency management related challenge. Each student group will research the origins of their client's challenge, and attempt to identify best practices in the field in order to adapt and apply them to their client's challenge. All projects will contain an introduction, literature review, problem statement, risk/hazard analysis, risk mitigation plan, and policy recommendations that are sensitive to economic realities facing their client. Students will culminate their final projects with presentations to their classmates and to their clients at the end of the term. The expectation of this class is to develop a professional example of the student's thinking and writing.