Legal Basics in Cyber and Information Security - MSIA 673

The course Legal Basics in Cyber and Information Security is a graduate level course focused on providing students insight to the major cyber and information security (InfoSec) laws/regulations, both national and international, a few of the more popular InfoSec best practices/standards and the legal trends developing in the courts and in commentary over major breaches.

The study of these resources will help the student understand the legal landscape with regard to cyber security and InfoSec. It will provide students the knowledge necessary to effectively develop and maintain cyber and information security plans and programs. Finally, students will be much better positioned to understand, define and implement “reasonable security” to protect the organization's they support and are responsible for protecting.

Key concepts to be covered in this course include:

  • Introduction to the law related to cyber and information security
  • Review and analysis current legal trends in cyber security
  • Discussion of what legally constitutes “reasonable security”

Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to:

  1. Articulate current and pertinent U.S. and international law related to cyber- security, information security (InfoSec) and privacy and synthesize legal trends with regard to data breaches and cyber security.
    1. Identify and briefly describe major and significant laws related to cyber and InfoSec implementation and practice.
    2. Identify current legal trends in the courts and their potential impact on cyber and InfoSec practice.
  2. Recognize and identify legal issues and trends in the full spectrum of an InfoSec program.
    1. Identify legal issues in a current security program.
    2. Identify legal issues during the development of a security program.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate legal, regulatory, policy and compliance rules and issues into the development of a cyber and information security plan, from implementation to incident response, and know when to seek legal assistance.
    1. Outline the legal issues in a cyber/InfoSec plan/program and incorporate the law, regulation, policy and compliance, as well as legal trends into this program.
    2. Understand when to get the legal advisors involved.
    3. Understand how to bridge the gap for lawyers between the law and technology.

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