HSMN Course Listing

Concepts in Homeland Security (HSMN 610, 3 Credits)

An overview of the basic concepts of homeland security, including infrastructure protection, jurisdiction, and issues in technical areas such as interconnectivity and interoperability. The nation's telecommunications and information technology networks are examined as both vulnerable assets and critical solutions.

Physical Security (HSMN 620, 3 Credits)

A comprehensive study of the many interdependent elements involved in protecting man-made structures from direct or indirect physical and cyber attacks. Various factors that affect physical security (including construction materials, architectural design, location, function, occupancy, and life cycle management) are examined. Accessibility, access control, traffic patterns, and internal and external communications are analyzed. Review covers methods for protecting critical infrastructure support systems, such as electric power, water supply, airflow, and information systems. Typical security policies and procedures for various categories of physical facilities (such as those involved in power generation, finance, and telecommunications) are also evaluated.

Critical Infrastructures (HSMN 625, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: HSMN 610. An introduction to critical infrastructure assurance as a policy field. Review covers the concept of critical infrastructures and their interdependencies. Topics include the development of modern critical infrastructures, the reasons why they have become central elements of 21st century societies, efforts being made to safeguard them, and potential threats to their continued effective operation.

Resilience Planning and Preparedness for Disaster Response and Recovery (HSMN 630, 3 Credits)

An in-depth examination of managerial strategies for developing and maintaining resilience in communities, the private sector, and the nation in the face of man-made, natural, and technological disruptions or catastrophes. Emphasis is on the importance of advanced planning. Techniques for performing risk assessment and potential impact analysis and for selecting appropriate risk treatments are explored. Discussion covers preparing to handle adverse events, responding to them, and recovering from them. Resilience management is explored within the context of a life cycle that includes programmatic review and continuous improvement planning. Actual and hypothetical cases are analyzed.

Energy Infrastructure Security (HSMN 640, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: HSMN 610. An in-depth exploration of the energy sector and homeland security, including resources, critical infrastructure protection and vulnerabilities. Specific topics such as pipeline security, security of the electrical grid, cyber-dependence and SCADA systems are examined. This course will also enable the student to understand risk methodologies as applied to the energy industry. Finally, energy as a national security issue will be evaluated.

Seminar in Homeland Security (HSMN 670, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: HSMN 670 should be taken during the last semester of the program. 24 credits including HSMN 610, 620, 630, EMAN 620, INFA 660 and BSBD 641. An up-to-date evaluation of vulnerabilities and protective countermeasures regarding various aspects of the nation's critical infrastructure, with particular emphasis on the food and water supply. Topics include various threat profiles and actions by government, industry, independent institutions, and private citizens that might prevent attack from domestic or foreign sources and mitigate harmful consequences should such an attack occur. Discussion reviews the federal government's organization and management of food and water security and explores what further efforts might be made, building upon the nation's health system and engaging government at all levels. The singularly important roles of first responders are also analyzed.