SEC625 - Information System Security

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Subject Title
Information System Security

Subject Description

This subject explores the study of security policies, models and mechanisms for secrecy, integrity, availability and usage. Topics include operating system models and mechanisms for mandatory and discretionary controls, basic cryptography and its applications, telecommunication and network system security.

Credit Status
1 credit in the CTY program.

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

  •     Identify the controls that apply to telecommunication security
  •     Recognize the importance of policy and procedures in the information technology environment
  •     Develop a comprehensive security plan for an information system
  •     Develop and implement information security policy and procedures
  •     Identify the various types of access control models
  •     Identify the controls that apply to operating system security
  •     Review and discuss information security tools available to support information systems
  •     Identify the controls that apply to network security

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.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

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.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

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.

OPS335, WIN310 and EAC397

Topic Outline

Topic Outline

  •     Basic Security Concepts
  •     Access Control Management
  •     Cryptography
  •     Operating System security
  •     Network/Telecommunication Security
  •     Application Development Security
  •     Policies/Models
  •     Intrusion Detection

Mode of Instruction
4 hours lab time per week.

Prescribed Texts
Inside the security Mind Making the Tough Decisions, by Kevin Day, published by Prentice Hall; ISBN 0-13-111829-3

Reference Material

Required Supplies

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
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:

  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course

Approved by: Sharon Estok