Course Descriptions

Computer and Network Security

SEC 305
Psychology of a Cyber Attacker
3 credits

Trust and psychological influence are inseparable. We allow ourselves to be influenced by those we trust, but we can also elicit trust by wielding influence skillfully. This course will help students build a strong understanding of the motivation and effectiveness of psychological tactics in the cyber threat landscape, enabling them to defend against attacks, and further the future of cybersecurity. Topics covered will include the history of psychological attacks, the human factor of security, social engineering tactics, social engineering prevention, thinking like an attacker, and security awareness and responsibility.

Prerequisite(s): CTA 206 or CTA 326