CSC208 - Legal and Ethical Issues in IT Security

Outline info
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Subject Title
Legal and Ethical Issues in IT Security

Subject Description
This course explores legal and ethical issues faced in the information technology field. Students learn about ethical issues within an organization as they relate to relationships internally as well as with customers, partners, and society. Students explore how Information systems security and legal compliance are now required to protect critical governmental and corporate infrastructure, intellectual property created by individuals and organizations alike, and information that individuals believe should be protected from unreasonable intrusion.

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. Discuss basic concepts and concerns common to cyber security and different mechanisms and protection used in cyber security.
  2. Analyze and discuss issues surrounding privacy, privacy law, threats to privacy, and general principles for privacy protection.
  3. Evaluate the current state of cyber security and how security, privacy and compliance fit into the Canadian, American, and European legal systems.
  4. Evaluate business challenges facing financial institutions.
  5. Discuss security and privacy of information belonging to children, educational records, health records, corporate cyber security and privacy regulation.
  6. Discuss the Federal government cyber security and privacy regulations and state laws protecting citizen information and breach notification laws. 
  7. Examine introductory concepts of Intellectual Property Law.
  8. Analyze the roles of contracts, general principles, regulation of behaviour and contract issues.
  9. Discuss criminal law and Tort law issues in cyberspace and cyber security governance.
  10. Discuss risk analysis, incident response, contingency planning, computer forensics and forensic investigations.

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

  • Common concepts and concerns in cyber security
  • Privacy laws, threats to privacy and privacy protection
  • Security privacy and compliance in the Canadian legal system
  • Business challenges for financial institutions
  • Security and privacy of information for children, educational records, health records, corporate security and privacy regulation
  • Canadian government cyber security and privacy regulations
  • Intellectual property law
  • Criminal law and Tort law issues in cyber security
  • Computer forensics and forensic investigations

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

  Textbook 1
Title Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management
Author Imran Ahmad
Publisher LexisNexis Canada
ISBN 9780433490555

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

Assignment #1 10%
Assignment #2 10%
Mid-term Test 10%
Assignment #3 10%
Assignment #4 10%
Assignment #5 10%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

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

Approved by: Robin Richardson