CS449--Topics in Computer Information Systems:
Incident Response and Disaster Recovery
--Spring 2007--
Period Q (TTh, 2-3:15 PM)






The Textbook


Course Description


Course Objectives


Course Policies


Grading System


Course Schedule
        

Prof. Thomas A. Easton


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THE TEXTBOOK

Michael E. Whitman and Herbert J. Mattord
Principles of Incident Response and Disaster Recovery
Thomson Course Technology, 2007 (ISBN: 1-4188-3663-X)


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COURSE DESCRIPTION


Organizations of all kinds—businesses, schools, government agencies, even churches—have grown extraordinarily dependent on the uninterrupted functioning of information systems. This course examines the kinds of information-system related crises (security, data loss, system failure, etc.) that can affect organizations, the role of contingency planning in minimizing resultant disruption and damage, and methods of recovery from disruption and damage.

See "Course policies" below for details on testing and grading.


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COURSE OBJECTIVES


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what kinds of information-systems “incidents” threaten the functioning of organizations.
  • Discuss the importance of and the nature of planning for incidents.
  • Prepare an incident-response plan.
  • Deploy basic methods for recovering from disasters.
  • Discuss the basics of crisis management.


Assessment will be by means of papers and exams scheduled as specified below.


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COURSE POLICIES


Each student may be absent twice without penalty. Each additional two absences without a medical excuse (no others are acceptable) will cost the student three points on the course grade.

The grade will be based on three 5-10 page papers, two exams, and a final exam.


Students who plagiarize tests and papers will receive zeros for the work in question, with no makeup opportunities.

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GRADING SYSTEM

A (94 - 100)      A- (90 - 93)
B+ (87 - 89)     B (83 - 86)    B- (80 - 82)
C+ (77 - 79)     C (73 - 76)     C- (70 - 72)
D+ (67 - 69)     D (63 - 66)    D- (60 - 62)
F (below 60)



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COURSE SCHEDULE

CAUTION: COURSE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING!


DATETOPICASSIGNMENT
  
T 1/9 Incidents and Disasters in the News
AOL's Data Leak
VA Data Loss
 The High Cost of Data Loss
 The Costs of Hacking
 The Costs of System Failure
 
Th 1/11 Risk and Risk Management Read Chapter 1, pp. 1-23
 
T 1/16 Contingency PlanningRead Chapter 1, pp. 23-38
 
Th 1/18 The Plan at Thomas College
 
T 1/23 Planning for ReadinessCh. 2, Opening Scenario
 
Th 1/25 Planning for Readiness: Impact AnalysisRead Chapter 2, pp. 47-69
Paper #1 Personal Impact Analysis: How would a computer system failure affect your "business" (being a student)? Due next Tuesday.
 
T 1/30 Planning for Readiness: Data Collection and Budgeting Read Chapter 2, pp. 69-89
 
Th 2/1 Incident Response: Preparation and Prevention Read Ch. 3, pp. 91-127
 
T 2/6 Incident Response: Detection Read Chapter 4, pp. 129-161
 
Th 2/8 Incident Response: Classification and Decision Making Read Chapter 4, pp. 162-176
 
T 2/13 Review for Exam Chapters 1-4
 
Th 2/15 Exam #1
 
2/19-2/23 WINTER BREAK
 
T 2/27 Incident Response: Reaction, Recovery, and Maintenance Read Chapter 5, pp. 181-199
 
Th 3/1 Incident Response: ForensicsRead Chapter 5, pp. 199-220
 
T 3/6 Business Resumption Planning: Opening ScenarioRead Chapter 6, pp. 223-227
Paper #2 A major personal concern for many people today is identity theft. Devise a plan for getting back to business as usual. Due next Tuesday
 
Th 3/8 Business Resumption PlanningRead Chapter 6, pp. 227-258
 
T 3/13 Disaster Recovery: PreparationRead Chapter 7, pp. 261-280
 
Th 3/15 Disaster Recovery: Technical Considerations Read Chapter 7, pp. 280-297
 
T 3/20 Disaster Recovery: Operation Read Chapter 8, pp. 299-318
 
Th 3/22 Disaster Recovery: Recovery Read Chapter 8, pp. 318-329
 
3/26-3/30 SPRING BREAK
 
T 4/3 Review for Exam Chapters 5-8
 
Th 4/5 Exam #2
 
T 4/10 Business Continuity: Preparation--Opening Scenario Read Chapter 9, pp. 331-340
 Helpful materials
 
Th 4/12 Business Continuity: Preparation Read Chapter 9, pp. 341-371
Paper #3 Find (using Google and/or Marvel) a business that failed to survive a natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina. Why did it fail? Could it have done something differently to help it survive? Due next Tuesday
 
T 4/17 Business Continuity: Implementing the Plan Read Chapter 10, pp. 373-387
 
Th 4/19 Business Continuity: Improving the Plan Read Chapter 10, pp. 387-400
 
T 4/24 Crisis Management: PreparationRead Chapter 11, pp. 401-419
 
Th 4/26 Crisis Management: The AftermathRead Chapter 11, pp. 419-442
 
M 4/30 FINAL EXAMS BEGIN
 
EXAM DAY FINAL EXAM
 




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Syllabus last modified October 25, 2006.
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