Cybersecurity Minor

Required Courses for the Cybersecurity Minor

This minor provides a solid background in cybersecurity. A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.

  • CIS 125

    Introduction to Cyber Crime andSecurity

    3 credits

    Introduces students to the fields of cyber crime and security. Covers issues associated with different types of threats, attacks, and methods employed against these threats and attacks. Practical cryptography, securities of operating systems, computer networks, database systems, and other types of computer systems will also be introduced.

  • CIS 160

    Computer Science I

    4 credits

    Emphasis on programming in C and introduction to C++, including structural programming concepts, simple data types and structures, C and C++ syntax, operators, controlstructures and pointers. Lab exercises include techniques of coding, program design, and debugging. Students in this course who are majoring in mathematics, computer science, cyber security or management information science must earn grades of B- or better in this course to progress to CIS 161 and/or CIS 210. Prerequisite: Grades of A- or better in MTH 095, or competency in arithmetic and algebra. For CS, Cyber Security or MIS majors, CIS120 is a pre- or co-requisite.

  • CIS 161

    Computer Science II

    4 credits

    Continuation of Computer Science I, with extensive programming in C++ language and introduction to Java. Includes string handling, file I/O, storage and static variables, structures, bitwise operations, and C++ library. Students in this course who are majoring in mathematics, computer science, cyber security or management information systems must earn grades of B- or better to progress to CIS 210 and above. Prerequisite: CIS 160.

  • CIS 225

    Information Security Policy Analysisand Implementation

    3 credits

    Covers information assurance, cyber security policies, analysis procedures, risk  assessments, and implementation of security policies. Prerequisites: CIS 125 is a pre- or co-requisite.

Plus one of the following three pairs of courses

  • CIS 355

    Principles of Operating Systems

    3 credits

    Topics cover the theoretical aspects and concepts of operating systems including system structures, scheduling, concurrent processes and deadlock handling, storage and file management, system protection and security. Also includes lab exercises in UNIX system configuration. Prerequisites: CIS 160 and (CIS 120 or MTH 120).

  • CIS 356

    Operating System Security andAdministration

    3 credits

    Covers operating system security and administration with an emphasis on operating  system installation, configuration, administration, and security. Topics include operating system setup, user account control, file system protection, activity logging, system call  auditing, address space management, and intrusion detections. Prerequisites: CIS 120, CIS 125 and CIS 225. CIS 355 is a pre- or co-requisite.


  • CIS 340

    Concepts of Telecommunications and Networking

    3 credits

    Introduction to the principles and practice of data communication and computer networking. Topics include the theoretical aspects of various methods, media,
    protocols, data compression, and security in telecommunication. Also includes lab exercises of network and remote access configuration and data exchange. Prerequisites: CIS 160; CIS 120 or MTH 120; either MTH 150 or consent of the instructor.

  • CIS 345

    Network Security and Management

    3 credits

    Covers network security and management with an emphasis on computer network   security, implementation, and management. Topics include network core devices (such as routers and switches) setup, configuration, maintenance, security, and firewall management. Prerequisites: CIS 120 and CIS 125. CIS 340 is a pre- or co-requisite.


  • CIS 380

    Web Development Security


    Covers web development security with an emphasis on the fundamental principles of security in web applications. Topics include web browser security, server-side web application security and web database security. Prerequisites: CIS 120 and CIS 125. CIS 225 is a pre- or co-requisite.

  • CIS 415

    Server Security andMaintenance/Troubleshooting

    3 credits

    Covers the fundamental security principles of different types of servers, such as file  servers, database servers, web servers, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers, mail servers, and Domain Name System (DNS) servers. Server installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting will be studied. Prerequisites: CIS 120 and CIS 125. CIS 225 is a pre- or co-requisite.

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