Credit:     3.0 units of USC credit
Pre-Requisites:  Basic Computer Skills

Student watching video lectureOverview:

Security is a primary concern for every computer user – each of us needs to know how to protect our personal data and to understand how our companies protect our and their data. Companies are even hiring hackers to test their security systems.

This course will provide the perfect introduction to information and computer security. It will start with an analysis of the various threats to information integrity (teaching you first-hand the ease of hacking into a system!), then will explore security mechanisms and policies as well as basic forensic techniques. You will learn to understand the relationship between networking and security technologies. Additional hands-on projects will teach you how to secure a workstation and how to integrate security infrastructure with the rest of the business and IT infrastructure.

Read more from the Los Angeles Times about how companies are increasingly hiring hackers to test and strengthen their security systems.


  • Learn from expert faculty in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Benefit from classroom lectures combined with guest speakers and field experiences
  • Participate in hands-on projects that allow you to apply what you learn

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Topics of Study:

  • Analysis of Security Threats
  • Security Mechanisms and Policies
  • Basic Forensic Techniques
  • Security Infrastructure Integration


Watch the video below to learn more about the Information Security class. Be sure your volume is turned up!