Electrical Engineering Cyber Security Track


In recognition of Morgan State University's efforts in the advancement of academic program development, research, and preparing students for careers in Cyber Security, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Morgan State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). For more information on this designation please refer to the Morgan's press release.
This designation is a very significant achievement for Morgan, and we, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are proud to have led this effort in collaboration with the Computer Science and Information Science departments.

During the process of this designation an extensive set of Knowledge Units provided by the Information Assurance education experts in the NSA and DHS are mapped into five (5) ECE senior elective courses to create the Electrical Engineering Cyber Track for undergraduate students. Students whom successfully complete all of the courses in this track will receive the CAE-CDE Cyber Security certificate with the NSA and DHS seals in recognition of their success in the designated Cyber track.

Electrical Engineering Cyber Security Track Courses

Undergraduate ECE students must complete the following courses for this certification:

EEGR 410: COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
EEGR 480: INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY 
EEGR 481: INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY
EEGR 482: INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION SECURITY
EEGR 483: INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY MANAGEMENT
This track is compatible with the ECE curriculum and students do not have to take extra courses to receive this certificate. These courses satisfy the all four Senior Elective courses (12 credits of EEGR4xx) that are required for the electrical engineering students and one of the two non-EE elective course requirements (3 of 6 credits). For more information on these courses, please click here


Course Scheduling

 A typical curriculum for EE students who want to participate in the program while obtaining their bachelor's degree would be as follows.

Students can complete this course series in 2 consecutive semesters. EEGR 410, 580, 583 course are offered during Fall semester and EEGR 481, 482 are offered during Spring semester. Considering the prerequisite structure of these courses, a suggested schedule for interested ECE students is shown below.

For inquiries about this program, you can reach me at farzad.moazzami@morgan.edu

Click here to download the program flyer. 

Course Descriptions

EEGR 410 COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS (Syllabus)

Three hours lecture; 3 credits. An introduction to communication networks. Includes the OSI layering model of networks with emphasis on the physical, data link, and network layers; and network topologies. Introduction to a variety of computer, satellite, and local-area communication networks, including Ethernet, Internet, packet radio,and the telephone network. 

EEGR480 INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY (Syllabus)
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide a basic introduction to of all aspects of cyber-security including business, policy and procedures, communications security, network security, security management, legal issues, political issues, and technical issues. This serves as the introduction to the cyber security program. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. 

EEGR481 INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY (Syllabus)
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide the basic concepts in the many aspects of security associated with today's modern computer networks including local area networks and the internet. It includes the fundamentals of network architecture, vulnerabilities, and security mechanisms including firewalls, guards, intrusion detection, access control, malware scanners and biometrics. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. 

EEGR482 INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTOGRAPHY(Syllabus)
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide practical knowledge on a wide range of cryptography mechanisms and will explore their relationship with today's modern communications and networks. It includes the fundamentals of cryptography, classic and modern encryption, decryption, public and private key structures, digital signature and secure hash functions. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. 

EEGR483 INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY MANAGEMENT (Syllabus)
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide a basic background in the many aspects of security management associated with today's modern communications and networks. It includes the fundamentals of Risk Analysis, Risk Management, Security Policy, Security Operations, Legal issues, Business issues and Secure Systems Development. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. SYLLABUS

Please see the School of Engineering Catalog for more details.


Non-EE Cyber Track Courses

INSS141 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER-BASED INFORMATION SYSTEM
This course is an introduction to computers and information processing in business. Students will learn the importance, functions, and use of computers in business. The course provides hands-on experience with commercially available microcomputer software packages electronic spreadsheets, and database management. Greater emphasis shall be placed on the applications of computers using Microsoft Office 2010.

INSS390 ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT I
This course introduces students to issues related to adoption and strategic use of enterprise information systems in a variety of corporate settings. Topics include adoption and strategic use of enterprise information systems such as ERP, CRM and supply chain management systems, enterprise architectures, distributed business systems, business process configuration and management, change management, investment analysis, security issues, IT outsourcing, current trends related to study of enterprise information systems and others. Prerequisite: INSS 360 

INSS391 DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER NETWORKS
The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive review of the basic business data communications and network fundamentals. The student will learn how to identify, analyze, and propose possible communication solutions to a variety of simple problems. The student will also learn the fundamentals of communication protocols, telecommunication systems, local area networks and the enterprise network.
The course material will include logical thinking projects and problems that will highlight the theoretical concepts covered in class. Students will be required to discuss critical issues, propose possible solutions, and present these solutions in papers or oral presentations or class exercises. Prerequisite: INSS 360

 

Note: The courses offered by the Information Science and Systems Department do not count towards the completion of the EE Cyber Track.


Transfer Students

There are a number of ways through which credits can be transferred. Morgan's Transfer Center shows existing active articulation agreements between Monroe College in New York, College of Southern Maryland, Community College of Baltimore County and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering for Professionals. The former three have foundational courses that allow students to transfer into Computer Engineering.