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Department of Computer and Information Sciences
1333 Wahnish Way
308-A Banneker Technical Bldg.
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

FAMU Center for Secure Computing and Information Assurance
FCSCIA Education

IA Certificate Program:

The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) have certified that Florida A&M University (FAMU) offers a set of courseware that has been reviewed by National Level Information Assurance Subject Matter Experts and determined to meet National Training Standards for Information Systems Security Professionals, NSTISSI 4011 (INFOSEC Professionals, National Training Standard), CNSS 4012 (Senior Systems Managers,  National Training Standard). The courses offered in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) under the information assurance track were the primary courses used to satisfy the standards. These courses provide the education and training for the information assurance skills that are critical to adequately defend the nation’s vital information resources.

To fulfill the requirements of the standards 4011 and 4012: three new security courses (CIS 4360: Introduction to Computer Security, CIS 4361: Applied Security, and CNT 4406: Network Security) were added to the CIS curriculum and first offered to students in the fall of 2005.

The University and the CIS department received official recognition and a certificate during the CNSS Annual Conference held in June 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia and again in June 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Students who successfully complete the courses listed below with a “C” or better, are qualified to serve as information assurance professionals and/or an information systems security officer (entry level). The certificate program consists of the following courses and their prerequisites, which are strictly adhered to (denoted by **).

  • CDA 4503 - Data Communications and Organizational Network (3 Hrs.)
  • CIS 4360 - Introduction to Computer Security (3 Hrs.)
  • CIS 4361 - Applied Security (3 Hrs.) 
  • CNT 4406 - Network Security (3 Hrs.)                                                                                    
  • **CDA 3101 - Computer Concepts and Organization (3 Hrs.) 
  • **COP 3530 - Program, File and Data Structures (3 Hrs.) 

Note: All courses are not offered each semester.


IA Course Descriptions:

CIS 4360:  Introduction to Computer Security -
  • The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the field of information security and assurance.  Students will be exposed to the spectrum of security activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures.  Coverage will include inspection and protection of information assets, detection of and reaction to threats to information assets, and examination of pre- and post-incident procedures, technical and managerial responses, and an overview of the information security planning and staffing functions.

CNT 4406:  Network Security and Cryptography -
  • The goal of this course is to cover the theorectical and practical aspects of network security.  This course will provide students with the understandings of what is computer/network security, the technologies involved and the current solutions to certain threats.  This course will provide students up to date information on network-based and internet-based security applications.  Upon completing this course, students should be able to:  Understand threats and sources of attacks in network security and understand the limitation of the current security technology and able to choose proper security mechanism given types of network and threats involved.  Be able to design and implement security measures based on requirements and identify and investigate threats to network security.

CIS 4361:  Applied Security -

  • This course provides an overview to issues relating to information security, the fundamental theories of security policy, security vulnerability and protection and the current issues that affect computing.  The following topics are covered:  determining which security goals are rarely implemented and their reasons, analyzing computer programs and computer applications for the most common flaws, the use of various tools to discover security vulnerabilities and increase cyber security.

Other IA Courses (Non-Certificate)
  • CIS 4385:  Digital Forensics
  • CNT 5412:  Network Security Active and Passive Defenses (Graduate Course)
  • CIS 5396:  Cyber Security Forensics (Graduate Course)
IA Laboratory:

The FCSCIA Laboratory within the CIS department includes a variety of computer systems to support research and academic activities.  The laboratory was originally funded through grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and CISCO Systems, Inc.  It serves many educational functions such as undergraduate and graduate education, professional and continuing education, and outreach activities.  This laboratory is an isolated lab in which students and faculty can conduct experiments on system and network security.