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Description of ITS101: Theory and Practice of Campus Computer Security

This course combines theory and practice into a broad introduction of computer security issues on campus, dealing with fundamental networking concepts, Internet protocols; UNIX (and MacOS) security fundamentals; Windows security fundamentals; firewall fundamentals; host- and network-based intrusion detection; Web security fundamentals; incident response; risk, threat, and security assessments; and awareness of state and federal statutes as well as applicable University policies. The goal is to provide a core set of security competencies across campus units.

Embracing the successful U-M Security Town Meeting presentation formats, the course will provide a practical focus that can be deployed immediately, combined with a broad understanding of the security landscape.

The course is delivered over a 12-week period. The first 8 weeks consist of a combined lecture and laboratory meeting three times per week, with regular reading and self-study assignments. Portions of the course include boot camp style, hands-on sessions in the air-gapped ITSS security laboratory. Guest lecturers will augment curricular components with focused presentations on their areas of expertise. Participants will spend the final 4 weeks in their home units, applying the concepts taught in the course as they conduct a security assessment. This assessment and a final examination will determine the course grade.

After completing this course, participants will: understand the fundamentals of network and host-based security; understand the security and major service infrastructures deployed and planned for U-M; be able to use a variety of tools to monitor networks and computing platforms for security-related events; handle security incidents; perform security assessments; and develop strategies for staying current and for communicating with the wider campus community.

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