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HMS 500 – Introduction to Homeland Security Management

This introductory course surveys the major policies, practices, concepts and challenges confronting practitioners in the complex field of Homeland Security Management. The course provides an overview of various threats to domestic security from terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and other related risks and vulnerabilities, examining the government and private sector organizations, strategies, and systems involved in protecting against and responding to these threats. Using a case study approach, the course focuses on the managerial, political, legal and organizational issues related to crisis planning and response, the National Incident Management System, risk assessment and mitigation, communications and technology systems, medical and public health emergencies and infrastructure protection.
3 credits

Note:This course is part of the core for the Master of Science and required for both the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security and the Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy.

HMS 520 – Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security Management

This course provides students with an overview of the various statutes, case law, and Constitutional issues governing the activities of practitioners involved in the Homeland Security enterprise at the federal, state and local levels. These issues and bodies of law are of critical importance to Homeland Security practitioners and policymakers, and the course considers their important social, ethical, and political implications. The central focus of the course is on the question of how to balance the goals, objectives and activities of effective Homeland Security against the compelling need to preserve and extend fundamental American civil liberties. The course examines the Constitutional and legal framework of the Homeland Security enterprise, discusses specific Constitutional issues and cases as they apply to Homeland Security, and considers the relationship between Homeland Security policies and the preservation of civil liberties. It examines the effectiveness of various court decisions and legislation including the USA PATRIOT Act in preventing and responding to the threat of terrorism as well as their role in shaping the development of Homeland Security agencies, policies, strategies, and infrastructure.
3 credits

Note:This course is part of the core for the Master of Science and required for both the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security and the Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy.

HMS 535 – Cyber Security: Issues, Policy, and Terrorism

This course explores the relationships and interactions between various private-sector institutions and public-sector Homeland Security organizations at the federal, state and local levels as they face cyber threats, particularly terrorism. The course examines the specific roles, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities of private- sector entities in protecting critical infrastructure as well as in preventing, deterring, mitigating, and responding to crises. Among the institutions and organizations considered are public utilities, the private security industry, mental health workers, hospitals and biomedical facilities, the public health sector, chemical and hazardous materials companies, shipping and transportation companies, airlines and airports, the financial services industry, and information technology and telecommunications companies. Particular emphasis is paid to mitigating and managing the threat of cyber terrorism.
3 credits

Note: This course may be taken as part of the core for the Master of Science and is required for the Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy.

HMS 545- Advanced Cyber Security Policy and Intelligence

This course continues the exploration of the relationships and interactions between various private-sector institutions and public-sector Homeland Security organizations at the federal, state and local levels with a focus on intelligence issues. The course broadens the examination of the specific roles, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities of private- sector entities in protecting critical infrastructure as well as in preventing,
deterring, mitigating, and responding to crises. Among the institutions and organizations considered are public utilities, the private security industry, mental health workers, hospitals and biomedical facilities, the public health sector, chemical and hazardous materials companies, shipping and transportation companies, airlines and airports, the financial services industry, and information technology and telecommunications companies. The debate on the numerous cyber security related issues and how intelligence plays in each will define the first quarter of the 21st Century. At the end of this course the students will be able to capably and constructively participate in that debate with a greatly enhanced understanding of the types of intelligence needed in regard to cyber issues.
3 credits

Note: This course may be taken as part of the core for the Master of Science and is required for the Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy.

HMS 555 – Advanced Cyber Security – Technology Issues for Policy Makers

This course continues the exploration of Cyber Security issues beyond the relationships and interactions between various private-sector institutions and public-sector Homeland Security organizations at the federal, state and local levels. It adds the cutting edge technical issues about which today's policy makers must be fluent if they are to successfully tackle the cyber security issue set. The course broadens the examination of the specific roles, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities of private- sector entities in protecting critical infrastructure as well as in preventing, deterring, mitigating, and responding to crises. Among the institutions and organizations considered are public utilities, the private security industry, mental health workers, hospitals and biomedical facilities, the public health sector, chemical and hazardous materials companies, shipping and transportation companies, airlines and airports, the financial services industry, and information technology and telecommunications companies. A clear understanding of the numerous cyber security technical issues discussed here will properly equip the students to understand the technical issues that will define the first quarter of the 21st Century. At the end of this course the students will be able to capably and constructively address how these technical issues will affect our Nation's Homeland security.
3 credits

Note: This course is part of the core for the Master of Science and required for the Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy.