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DF 138 Introduction to
Digital Forensics and Information Assurance. This course
introduces students to the fundamentals of digital forensics technology.
Emphasis is placed on identifying threats to, and vulnerabilities
of, computer systems and how to minimize them. Students will learn
how hackers identify victims, how attacks are executed, and various
methods used to access to computer systems. Credit 3.
DF 290 Hardware Forensics.
Techniques in the duplication, recovery and restoration of digital
evidence. Includes hard disks, floppy drives, CD formats, DVD formats,
zip drives, mobile phones, PDA’s smart cards, memory technologies,
and other devices capable of storing digital information. Prerequisite:
DF 138. Credit 3.
DF 291 Network Security.
The rationale and necessity for securing computer systems and data
networks, as well as methodologies for the design of security systems,
establishing security protocols and the identification of best practices
in the administration, testing and response protocols for secure
communications systems. Prerequisite: DF 138. Credit 3.
DF 390 Digital Forensics
Tools. This course explores tools for the recovery of information
on protected or damaged hardware for the purpose of providing evidence
of misuse or abuse of systems. Topics also include the chain of
evidence, protocols for data recovery, cryptographic analysis, password
recovery, the bypassing of specific target operating systems and
obtaining data from digital devices that have been damaged or destroyed.
Prerequisite: DF 291. Credit 3.
DF 391 Cryptography.
This course will describe the basic principles of cryptography and
how it is used in modern computer and communication systems. It
will cover single ciphers, modern ciphers, public-key cryptography,
key management, cryptanalysis and steganography. Students will learn
how cryptography is used for message secrecy, integrity, authentication
and digital signatures. Application areas to be discussed include
email, files, network communication, and electronic payments. Prerequisite:
DF 291 Credit 3.
DF 491 Information Security.
This course provides an introduction to basic security needs. The
course will include, but not be limited to indivduals vs. government
privacy issues, federal encryption standards, the different layers
of security currently available, the practical application of user
level and system level cryptography, and strategies for evaluation
and selection of security methods. Prerequisite: DF 291 Credit 3.
DF 492 Professionalism and
Ethics in Digital Forensics. This course examines the nature,
need and value of well-formed ethical constructs within the digital
forensics profession. Included in this course is a discussion, through
case studies, of the nature of professionalism, personal and professional
codes of ethics and conduct, and the professional handling of ethical
and moral conflict. The course also explores the role of the professional
in public policy and the awareness of consequences of ethical dissent
and whistle blowing. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: Senior classification
with 6 hours advanced CS or DF courses. Credit 3.
*Subject to action by
the Board of Regents, The Texas State University System, and the
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
**Change in course number is subject to action
by the Board of Regents, The Texas State University System, and
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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