CYT145 - IT Security: Ethical and Legal Issues

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Subject Title
IT Security: Ethical and Legal Issues

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 infrastructure, intellectual property created by individuals and organizations alike, and information that individuals believe should be protected from unreasonable intrusion.

Credit Status
One Credit

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 cybersecurity impacts and the resulting 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 behavior 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.

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.