CYT100 - Information Security Principles and Policies

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Subject Title
Information Security Principles and Policies

Subject Description
This course provides students with a foundation and context including information security principles, management of the security infrastructure, and the process for documenting the security policies of an organization. Topic coverage includes the terminology, technology, and management of information security programs as well as the types of attacks threatening security.  Upon completion students will be able to contribute to the development of standards, procedures and guidelines for implementing the appropriate security policies.

Credit Status
One Credit

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


  1. Discuss the definition, key terms, concepts, and professional roles of Information Security to identify critical components in securing information systems
  2. Identify different aspects of information security like organizational business needs, physical security plans, ongoing maintenance of Information Security plans, the positioning in the organization   and, security program, in order to identify threat, and attacks, and identification and issues facing software developers in Information Security.
  3. Illustrate the functions and relationships among laws, regulations, and professional organizations in Information Security in order to apply ethics into information security systems.
  4. Apply the lifecycle of Regulatory Requirements and Compliance to Control Objectives, Designs Designing.
  5. Explain how information security policy, standards, practices and procedures are translated into operating controls.
  6. Describe Trust Models in relation to information security policies to apply in business context
  7. Categorize tools and their capabilities to identify information security threats in reactive and pro-active mode.
  8. Evaluate cryptography and appraise various methods of encrypting information in order to protect data at multiple layers and different states.
  9. Discuss different aspects of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) framework as they are applied in an organization.


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.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.