Cyber Forensics & Security Program Description
Currently, there is an increasing demand for college graduates with cyber forensics and security skills. Students pursuing this concentration will study cyber forensics and security, white-collar crime and computer security, and will be prepared to work in this rapidly expanding field that includes the federal government, defense contractors, law enforcement agencies, and companies in the private sector.
Longwood's Center for Cyber Security is one of a few institutions in the U.S. and the only institution in Virginia to have earned the designation – a National Center for Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE). Partnership with CDFAE will allow students to obtain a Department of Defense-recognized skill set and an awareness of current issues facing digital forensics investigators and examiners. Students will receive practical, hands-on experience through the Center’s state-of-the-art lab, and learn from and conduct research with internationally known cyber forensics and security experts.
Information Systems & Security Course Descriptions
General Education *
Writing Intensive Courses WR (must earn C- or better to fulfill requirement)
Speaking Intensive Courses SP
Information Systems & Security 170 - Computer Applications
The course utilizes several common business software applications to explore how these tools are used in typical business environments. The course enhances the students' knowledge of tools needed for upper-level courses in the College of Business and Economics, as well as their knowledge of computer concepts that are required in the business world. 3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 272 - Introduction to Business Programming
The course emphasizes analysis of existing systems and designs of new systems using common structured and object-oriented modeling tools. It also includes the development of information systems from the analysis of present information flow, system specifications, and modeling. 3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 275 - Web Design for Beginners
Information Systems & Security 295 - Special Topics in Information Systems & Security
The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 311, 312 - Studies Abroad
Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in information systems & security. 1-18 credits.
Information Systems & Security 370 - Principles of Information Systems & Security
A general over-view of information systems. Planning, designing and implementing information management systems. Emphasis is on application of the systems. 3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 373 - Database Management
Introduction to theory of data structure, implementation of database models, and applications using a conventional database system. Prerequisite: ISYS 370 or CMSC 362. 3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 375 - Web Design and Development
Information Systems & Security 376 - Cyber Security
This class focuses on cyber security as well as corresponding cyber law, policy, and methods and tools for gaining forensic information from computer systems and networks. It includes case studies of cyber crimes as well as information on the capabilities and limitations of forensics techniques used in the analysis of cyber crime. Prerequisite: ISYS 370, CMSC 121 or CMSC 160; or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 377 - Cyber Forensics
This is a fundamental required course as part of an interdisciplinary curriculum that is very much in demand in today's society. This course covers cyber forensics as part of one of the three academic areas in the interdisciplinary curriculum. The three areas covered are cyber security, cyber forensics, and cyber policy and law. This class covers methods and tools for gaining forensic information from computer systems and networks. It includes case studies of cyber crimes as well as the application and management of cyber forensics. The course introduces students to forensics tools using hands-on experience and the Internet. Prerequisite: ISYS 370 or CMSC 121 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 390 - Directed or Independent Study
Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as ISYS 391. 1-18 credits.
Information Systems & Security 471 - Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design
Development of an information system from the analysis of present information flow, system specifications and equipment selection to implementation. Emphasis on analysis of existing systems and design of new systems. Prerequisite: ISYS 373. 3 credits. SP
Information Systems & Security 473 - Network Communications
A study of voice and data communications concepts, including network components, strategies, topologies, planning and design issues, security considerations, evaluation/performance criteria, and management control requirements. Topics cover physical components as well as theoretical issues. Course includes in-class lectures as well as hands-on lab experiences with physical media, microcomputer connectors, and network operating systems. Prerequisite: ISYS 370 or CMSC 121. 3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 475 - Web Programming
An in-depth study of programming techniques used in Web page design. Topics can include HTML and derivative languages, server-side programming, client-side programming, Web server architecture, and Web security. Use of these programming techniques to create contemporary applications will be covered. These applications can include, but are not limited to, shopping carts, guest books, login validation, database access and manipulation, form processing, auctions, and chat rooms. Other applications and techniques may be covered that reflect current trends in Web design and use. Prerequisites: ISYS 272 or CMSC 160 and one of the following: ISYS 170, ISYS 370, or CMSC 362; or permission of instructor. 3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 476 - Advanced Topics in Cyber Security, Forensics, and Policy
This class covers cyber law and policy and its application to techniques for identifying and tracking cyber attacks, as well as yo methods and tools for gaining forensic information from computer systems. It includes case studies of cyber crimes with a focus on the relationship between cyber forensics, cyber security and cyber law and policy today. The course will emphasize the application of law, ethics, conceptual models and hands-on experiences of using forensic tools with personal computers, servers, Internet activity and Web browser usage. Prerequisites: ISYS 377 and ISYS 376 or CMSC 355; or permission of instructor. 3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 477 - Advanced Forensics
This is an advanced required course as part of the Cyber Forensics and Security curriculum that is very much in demand in today's society. The eight domain areas covered in this course include legal and ethics; investigative process; storage media; mobile and embedded devices; network forensics; program and software forensics; QA-AC management; and lab and forensic operations. This class introduces advanced methods and computer tools to obtain and analyze forensic information from computer systems and networks. Students will learn using case studies of cybercrimes as well as the application and management of cyber forensics. The course also provides students with advanced skills and knowledge in cyber forensics analysis using hands-on experience and the Internet. Pre-requisite: ISYS 377. 3 credits. SP.
Information Systems & Security 492 - Internship: Information Systems & Security
An on-the-job learning experience designed to apply management information systems concepts and principles. Prerequisites: Cumulative and major GPA of 2.33 or greater, 60 credits or more, declared business or economics major, a declared concentration, ISYS 370, MANG 391, and permission of the internship director. 2-3 credits per internship placement; limited to a maximum of 6 credits. *Fulfills General Education Goal 14
Information Systems & Security 495 - Special Topics in Information Systems & Security
An individually designed course that allows the student to pursue advanced topics in specific management information systems areas. Topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. 1-3 credits.
Information Systems & Security 498 - Honors Research in Information Systems & Security
Students conduct research in computer information management systems under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as ISYS 499. 3 credits.