Feb 20, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

CIS1758 - Cyber Security Analyst, CySA+ (3 hrs.)

This course will prepare students to take the exam for the CompTIA CySA+ certification.  The topics will include various concepts and tools involved in the four domains of the CySA+ certification exam: Threat Management, Vulnerability Management, Cyber Incident Response, and Security Architecture / Tool Sets.

Course Classification:






Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to prepare students to plan for prevention, recognize an incident, analyze the current incident, respond to the incident, and plan for prevention based on the results.  This process involves using various cybersecurity tools.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to perform a reconnaissance, plan a response, plan a counter response, vulnerability identification, appropriate cyber incident response, and modification of network architecture in response to incidences.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Defending Against Cybersecurity Threats

Outcomes: Demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate response to a network-based threat along with techniques to secure a corporate environment.

  • Given a network-based threat, implement or recommend the appropriate response and countermeasure.
  • Explain the purpose of practices used to secure a corporate environment

UNIT 2: Reconnaissance and Intelligence Gathering

Outcomes: Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to perform reconnaissance and intelligence gathering using various software tools and techniques

  • Given a scenario, apply environmental reconnaissance techniques using appropriate tools and processes
  • Given a scenario, analyze the results of a network reconnaissance

UNIT 3: Designing a Vulnerability Management Program

Outcomes: Explain the process to analyze an entity for any vulnerabilities that may exist in the system and the appropriate response to the vulnerabilities.

  • Given a scenario, implement an information security vulnerability management process.

UNIT 4: Analyzing Vulnerability Scans

Outcomes: Explain the process to analyze the scans of vulnerabilities along with common vulnerabilities that exist in an entity

  • Given a scenario, analyze the output resulting from a vulnerability scan.
  • Compare and contrast common vulnerabilities found in common targets within an organization.

UNIT 5: Building an Incident Response Program

Outcomes: Describe the development of an incident response program including impact analysis and communication during an incident

  • Given a scenario, distinguish threat data or behavior to determine the impact of an incident.
  • Explain the importance of communication during the incident response process

UNIT 6: Analyzing Symptoms for Incident Response

Outcomes: Explain the process of symptoms to identify that an incident has occurred and how this guides the appropriate response.

  • Given a scenario, analyze common symptoms to select the best course of action to support incident response

UNIT 7: Performing Forensic Analysis

Outcomes: Describe and build a toolkit for forensics analysis.  In addition, use the toolkit on a simulated incident

  • Given a scenario, prepare a toolkit and use appropriate forensics tools during an investigation.

UNIT 8: Recovery and Post-Incident Response

Outcomes: Explain the process of summarizing the incident and planning an appropriate response given the severity of the incident.

  • Summarize the incident recovery and post-incident response process.

UNIT 9: Policy and Compliance

Outcomes: Explain the how framework, common policies, controls, and procedures need to work together to help prevent and handle incidents

  • Explain the relationship between frameworks, common policies, controls, and procedures.

UNIT 10: Defense-in-Depth Security Architectures

Outcomes: Explain how an incident should impact the security architecture of the entity including changes to prevent future incidents.

  • Given a scenario, review security architecture and make recommendations to implement compensating controls.

UNIT 11: Identity and Access Management Security

Outcomes: Explain the possible remediation of identify and access management issues including the initial analysis of the original incident

  • Given a scenario, use data to recommend remediation of security issues related to identity and access management.

UNIT 12: Software Development Security

Outcomes: Explain the various types of best practices for application security based on apply the Software Development Life Cycle

  • Given a scenario, use application security best practices while participating in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

UNIT 13: Cybersecurity Toolkit

Outcomes: Explain the purpose and usage of the popular cybersecurity tools and techniques

  • Compare and contrast the general purpose and reasons for using various cybersecurity tools and technologies.

Projects Required:

Varies, refer to syllabus.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:


Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class and which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.