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ISSC342 - Operating Systems: Hardening and Security

Course Details

Course Code: ISSC342 Course ID: 2639 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the principles and concepts of Network Security from the perspective of the Operating System (OS). It places emphasis on discovering the vulnerabilities of the standard Operating Systems (OS) to attacks and focuses on the methodologies and measures necessary to take a proactive and preventive stance to address security vulnerabilities. Students will examine the principles, practices, and policies related to hardening and securing Operating Systems so they are impervious to security threats. It focuses on the vulnerabilities and the related countermeasures of various Windows components (Domain structures, domain trusts, security account manager, policies, profiles, file system, IP services (DHCP, DNS, IIS, TCP/IP printing, RPC, RIP for Internet protocol, SNMP), DCOM, Registry, Active Directory, Encrypting File System (EFS), IPSec, and public key certificate services). This course also discusses vulnerabilities and countermeasures related to UNIX (file This course is a study of the principles and concepts of Network Security from various aspects including but not limited to hardware, software, operation systems, and other critical elements relating to the CIA Triad. There is an emphasis on standard Operating System (OS) functions and discovering associated vulnerabilities. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understating of methodologies and measures necessary to take a proactive and preventive stance to address security vulnerabilities. Students will examine the principles, practices, and policies related to hardening and securing Operating Systems so they are impervious to security threats. It focuses on the vulnerabilities and the related countermeasures of various Windows components (Domain structures, domain trusts, security account manager, policies, profiles, file system, IP services (DHCP, DNS, IIS, TCP/IP printing, RPC, RIP for Internet protocol, SNMP), DCOM, Registry, Active Directory, Encrypting File System (EFS), IPSec, and public key certificate services).





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. List key concepts and terms associated with information systems security
  2. Identify risks, threats, and vulnerabilities associated with the Windows operating systems
  3. Align security procedures and practices with protecting Windows systems
  4. Manage security incidents involving Windows operating systems and applications
  5. Design security controls to keep Windows computers secure
  6. Configure Windows controls to protect both server and client computers

The grading will be based on five graded Weekly assignments, eight weekly Forum postings, and an individual project

  1. There will be eight weekly Forum postings you will need to respond to. Answers should be 2-3 paragraphs with a topic sentence that restates the question and supporting sentences using the terms, concepts, and theories from the required readings. Each answer should be a minimum of 300 words (about 12 or 15 sentences). You may attack, support or supplement other students’ answers using the terms, concepts and theories from the required readings. All responses should be a courteous paragraph that contains a topic sentence with good supporting sentences. You may respond multiple times with a continuous discussion with points and counter points. The key requirement is to express your idea and then support your position using the terms, concepts and theories from the required readings to demonstrate to me that you understand the material. The Forum postings will count as 32%. All forum posts must be original work. For full credit consideration, you must post your initial posting by Wednesday and respond to a minimum of two peers with value added feedback.

  1. There will be eight assignments (2.5% each) counting a total of 24% of the final grade. The reviews will follow each of the major milestones of the course. These reviews will be recaps of the week’s Week. They are selected to provide the student with an opportunity to state what they have learned from the Week and to verify they have a grasp of the material.

  1. There will be eight labs which will count 24% of the final grade. The format for the lab report is listed under the assignment for lab reports.
  2. : Labs 9 and 10 are for extra credit (3 pts each on your lab grade). Notify the Professor if you plan to do one or both.

  1. The Project Paper Outline will count 2% of the final grade and is due the end of week 3. The format for the paper outline is listed under the assignment for paper outline

  1. The Project Power Point will count 7% of the final grade and is due the end of week 7. The format for the power point is listed under the assignment for power point presentation

  1. The Project Paper will count as 15% of the final grade and is due the end of week 8. The requirements for the project paper are listed under the assignment for the project paper

All Forum questions and Week Reviews are required by weeks ending on Sunday at 12:00 midnight Eastern Time

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Forum #1 4.00 %
Forum #2 4.00 %
Forum #3 4.00 %
Forum #4 4.00 %
Forum #5 4.00 %
Forum #6 4.00 %
Forum #7 4.00 %
Forum #8 4.00 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 2 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 3 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 4 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 5 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 6 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 7 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 8 Assignment 2.50 %
Labs 24.00 %
Lab #1 3.00 %
Lab #2 3.00 %
Lab #3 3.00 %
Lab #4 3.00 %
Lab #5 3.00 %
Lab #6 3.00 %
Lab #7 3.00 %
Lab #8 3.00 %
Project Paper Outline 2.00 %
Week 3 Project Paper Outline 2.00 %
Project Power Point 7.00 %
Week 7 Project Power Point 7.00 %
Project Paper 15.00 %
Week 8 Project Paper 15.00 %

Required Lab Manual

vLab Solutions (2013). Laboratory Manual Version 1.5 To Accompany Security Strategies In Windows Platforms And Applications. Jones & Bartlett Learning: Information Systems Security & Assurance Curriculum. ISBN: 128403755X 978-1284037555

Instructions to obtain the ebook located in Resources.

Software Requirements to complete Activities and Week Reviews

  1. Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) or comparable document processing format (Mac, Linux, etc.)
  2. Adobe Acrobat Reader or comparable pdf viewer
  3. Drawing software such as Visio
Book Title:Security Strategies In Windows Platforms And Applications, 2nd ed - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
ISBN:9781284031652
Publication Info:VS-Jones & Bartlett
Author:Solomon
Unit Cost:$75.79
Electronic ISBN:9781284047448
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00
Book Title:Requires CITRIX CLIENT SOFTWARE INSTALLATION FOR ONLINE VIRTUAL LABS accessibility - instructions provided inside the classroom.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:ISSC342 virtual lab manual provided inside the classroom
ISBN:9781284064155
Publication Info:CLASS-Jones & Bartlett
Electronic Unit Cost:$55.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.