CIS120A – Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Part 1

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems – Networking Concentration

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About CIS120A – Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Part 1

This course teaches the knowledge needed to begin a career in the rapidly expanding and changing field of Information Technology Cyber Security. After completion of this course students will be able to identify the differences between cyber based threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities. Differentiate between the differing types of malware, compare and contrast the various types of social engineering, application/service and cryptographic attacks. This class will also teach students the technologies and tools associated with cyber security and use appropriate software tools to assess the security posture of an organization. Finally, this course will teach the different architecture and design concepts for network security, hardware/firmware security and operating system security.

Topics Covered In Course

CIS120A Topics

  • Introduction to cybersecurity, Malware, Attacks, Threat Actors, PenTest, Vulnerability Scanning and impact
  • The Role of People in Security and Introduction to Cryptography
  • Public Key Infrastructure and The Security Problem
  • Network Security Fundamentals & Infrastructure Security
  • Remote Access, Authentication, and Wireless/Mobile Security


Intermediate experience with the use of computers in general is required. Completion of the ITF+ and N+ courses as some knowledge of group policies, networking, and the acronyms associated with those areas of study will be needed to understand network security.

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Enrollment Deadline - July 24, 2023!

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