CCIS2510 Software and System Security

Cyber threats continue to target software and hardware.  Achieving and maintaining security relies on a security professional’s keen understanding of design principles, system interoperability and human actors (users).  This course will examine the design and security principles required to identify and mitigate threats.  Students will learn the concepts of isolation, encapsulation, least privilege, simplicity and minimization, failing-securely, modularity, layering, least astonishment, open design, and usability.




Prerequisite: CCIS1005 and CCIS1105. Recommended: CCIS1505

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Explain the phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
List the key principles of system security
Describe how design principles enable the development of security mechanisms that adhere to desired security policies
Analyze common security failures and why they occur
Identify requirements needed for developing secure software systems
Investigate specific design principles that have been violated in common security failures
Assess the existence or absence of a required design principle when given a specific scenario
Describe why good human machine interfaces are important to system security
Examine the interaction between security mechanisms and system usability and the importance for minimizing the tradeoffs between usability and security

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE).  Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals.  Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details