SEC700 - Information System Security

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Subject Title
Information System Security

Subject Description
This subject focuses on security in the areas of enterprise infrastructure and operations, cryptography, telecommunications and applications. Students learn how to identify security risks, protect organization's systems and data by deploying firewalls, data encryption and other countermeasures, and how to protect users from hostile applications.

The subject content maps to the CompTIA Security+ certification objectives and is intended to help prepare students to write the exam.This subject focuses on security in the areas of enterprise infrastructure and operations, cryptography, and applications. Students learn how to protect an organization's users, systems and data by proper risk management and deploying appropriate mitigation techniques.

The subject content maps to current CompTIA Security+ certification objectives and is intended to help prepare students to write the exam.

Credit Status
1 credit in the CNS/CTY * Programs

*Full time students please check with your Day Coordinator for the equivalency.

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

  1. Implement security configuration parameters on network devices and other technologies.
  2. Explain the importance of risk related concepts and summarize risk management best practices.
  3. Given a scenario, implement basic forensic procedures.
  4. Summarize common incident response procedures.
  5. Compare and contrast physical security and environmental controls.
  6. Explain types of malware and various types of attacks
  7. Summarize social engineering attacks and the associated effectiveness with each attack.
  8. Explain the proper use of penetration testing versus vulnerability scanning.
  9. Explain the importance of application security controls and techniques.
  10. Explain the importance of Access Control and the concepts of Identity Management
  11. Given a scenario, select the appropriate authentication, authorization or access control.
  12. Explain general cryptography concepts and utilize appropriate cryptographic methods.

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.

DCN286 or broad knowledge of networking

Topic Outline

1. Network Security 20%
2. Compliance and Operational Security 18%
3. Threats and Vulnerabilities 20%
4. Application, Data and host Security 15%
5. Access Control and Identity Managagement 15%
6. Cryptography 12%

Mode of Instruction
Inclass: Classes will be presented through a combination of lecture, discussions and question and answer sessions.  This mode of instruction will be reinforced by assigned reading and assignments between classes.

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Online: This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.
Distant Learning students please refer to addendum. 
It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided online or in class. Students will not be able to access anything posted as of the last day of the student’s class.
Platform:  Moodle

Prescribed Texts
Title: CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: SY0-401, 6th Ed
Authors: Emmett Dulaney, Chuck Easttom
Publisher: Sybex
ISBN-13: 978-1118875070
ISBN-10: 1118875079

Title: Security+Guide to Network Security Fundamentals (with Cert Blaster Printed Access Card).
Author: Ciampa, Mark.
Publisher: Nelson.
Edition: 6th Edition.
ISBN: 9781337288781

Required Supplies
Electronic LabSim to be purchased online.
Instructor will provide students with purchasing information within the first week of the course.

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
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.
Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject.
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Assignments (Minimum 5) 35%
Tests (Minimum 5) 35%
Final Examination 30%
Total 100%

Labs 45%
Test(s) 20%
Quizzes 10%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

Students must submit all evaluation criteria and obtain a minimum of 50% in order to pass the course. 

Approved by: Robin Richardson