CSC204 - O/S Security - Windows

Outline info
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Subject Title
O/S Security - Windows

Subject Description
This course prepares students to recognize and understand the inherent vulnerabilities of Windows systems by using and understanding tools and techniques to decrease the risks arising from vulnerabilities in Microsoft Operating Systems and applications, this course introduces defense strategies through understanding of system and file permissions, password and account security, the Windows Registry, Malware prevention, encryption, and Directory Service management via policies.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Cyber Security Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Investigate concepts, procedures and security practices to secure Microsoft Windows computers.
  2. Use basic components of Windows Security.
  3. Use access controls, user privileges and permissions in Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.
  4. Discuss encryption tools and technologies.
  5. Analyze methods of Malware protection.
  6. Analyze the use of Group Policy controls in Windows Operating systems.
  7. Use Microsoft Windows security profile and audit tools.
  8. Use Microsoft Windows Backup and Recovery Tools.
  9. Discuss Microsoft Network Security and Security Administration.
  10. Analyze methods of hardening Microsoft Windows Operating systems and infrastructure.
  11. Investigate methods of applying Microsoft application security.
  12. Discuss methods used for Microsoft Windows incident handling and management.
  13. Discuss the Microsoft Windows security life cycle.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Windows Security Situation and Current Threats
  • Managing and maintaining security in Microsoft Windows and Operating Systems
  • Access Controls in Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Windows and Encryption Tools and Techniques
  • Protecting Against Malware
  • Group Policy Control
  • Microsoft Windows Security Profile and Audit Tools
  • Microsoft Windows Backup and Recovery Tools
  • Microsoft Windows Network Security
  • Microsoft Windows Security Administration
  • Hardening the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Application Security
  • Microsoft Windows Incident Handling and Management
  • Microsoft Windows Security Life Cycle

Mode of Instruction
This course is delivered online. This course may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Hands-on Labs 20%
Mid-Term 40%
Final Exam 40%
TOTAL 100%

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Approved by: Sharon Estok