CSEC 477 Governance Policies in Information Assurance (Formerly CNS 477)

Ellis Confer

Fall 2021-2022
Class number: 7305
Section number: 701
Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
LEWIS 01208 Loop Campus


This graduate course is a survey of legal issues in information assurance that are global in nature. Students will gain an awareness and understanding of key laws, regulatory compliance requirements, and other legal issues impacting security professionals. Course topics include privacy risks and laws; IT security governance and policies; e-Discovery in the legal process; intellectual property laws; regulatory compliance; vendor contracts and assurance; and legal considerations in security breach incidence response.


  • Legal Privacy Issues in Information Security, 3rd Edition by Joanna Lyn Grama
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
    • Published on 2/15/2020
    • ISBN-13: 9781284054743
  • Other books, articles and web-links will be recommended or supplied as appropriate.


The student’s final grade will be based on a weighted average of the homework, exam scores, and class participation. Weights are as follows:

 Classwork Component                                     Weight

Class Participation (including quizzes)                      5%

Midterm Exam                                                          20%

 Homework                                                               50%

 Final Exam                                                              25%

                                                      Total                 100%


Letter grades will be determined as follows:

92% - 100% A;

90% - 91% A-;

87% - 89% B+;

80% - 86% B;

77% - 79% B-;

70% - 76% C;

67% - 69% C-;

60% - 66% D;

 0 % - 60% F.


CSEC 440 - Information Security Management is a prerequisite for this class

- Introduction
- Class Administration
- Scheduled Discussion Topics for Weeks 2-10
Session 1 Topic: The American Legal System

Remainder of Scheduled Session Topics will be Listed During the Week One Session

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296