Course Description

Introduction to Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.  This course provides a basic overview of the evolving field of cybersecurity with an introduction to cybersecurity policies and legal issues.  Topics include but are not limited to cyberattacks, cyberterrorism, cyberwarfare, cyberespionage, identifying threats to cybersecurity by criminals, organized crime, hacktivists, nation-states, etc.  A comprehensive review of these issues and basic principles of security in defending against cyber threats will also be covered.

Target Audience:



This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about the basic concepts of cybersecurity.  There is no prerequisite for the course; however, it will serve as a requirement for the intermediate level class offered later in the semester.


Required Knowledge:


Basic computer skills and terminology


Course Expectations:



Although you will not be graded in this course for your performance, you are expected to participate in the discussions regularly and engage in the digital resources available at the end of each chapter. 


Required Text:



Cyberspace, Cybersecurity, and Cybercrime 1st Edition

Authors: Janine Kremling; Amanda M. Sharp Parker

ISBN: 9781506347257

This book is required for the first day of class!




Saturday, January 12, 2019 (9am—3pm)

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (9am—3pm)

Saturday, January 26, 2019 (9am—3pm)

Saturday, February 02, 2019 (9am—3pm)

Saturday, February 09, 2019 (9am—3pm)

Saturday, February 16, 2019 (9am—3pm)




William Harold Smith Building


Room #:







Randy Hollifield, MSISA

Certified EC-Council C|EH, C|HFI, CompTIA Security+

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To register, complete the form that opens when you click the link below: (under class title, indicate "Introduction to Cybersecurity")

The last day to register for this class will be Wednesday, January 02, 2019 by 2pm.