SI110 Course Information
- SI110 Course Policy
Students are responsible for being thoroughly familiar with
this document. It will have been reviewed by the instructor
on the first day of class.
SI110 Mission Statement
Educate each midshipman about cyber infrastructure and systems,
inherent cyber vulnerabilities and threats, and appropriate
defensive security procedures, thereby enabling them to make
principled decisions regarding the potential benefits, consequences,
and risks from a proposed use of an information system in today's
cyber warfare environment.
- SI110 Learning Objectives and Themes
SI110 Course Goals
The fundamental goal of SI110 is that students aquire:
- an in principle understanding of the basic physical and virtual
architecture of cyberspace, including: the individual computer and
program, the physical components and protocols of a network and the
Internet, and the distributed client-server system that is the world
- hands on experience with basic components of the physical and
virtual architecture of cyberspace and the ability to relate that
experience to the larger system,
- an in principle understanding of DoD's pillars of Information
Assurance (availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality,
and non-repudiation), the inherent vulnerabilities of information
systems that endanger these properties, defensive measures to ensure
that information systems retain these properties, and offensive
measures that can be used to violate these pillars, and
- hands on experience with some basic defensive and offensive
practices in cyberspace, and the ability to relate that experience
to new or more sophisticated attacks and defenses.
- A history of SI110
SI110 is a new plebe-year core course. It is not very often
that such a fundamental change in the USNA curriculum
occurs, so it is important to understand how it came about,
and to see how much time, effort and care went into the
decision to introduce this course.
- SI110 Acknowledgements
Many people had a hand in bringing SI110 to the USNA
curriculum. This link acknowledges many of the people that
were an important part of this effort. We apologize for
anyone we've missed.
If you have questions about the SI110 Curriculum, contact
Chris Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Computer
Science, USNA at firstname.lastname@example.org.