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SYSE 569 - Cybersecurity Awareness for Systems Engineers

  • 3 credits

Cybersecurity principles, practices, technologies, design approaches, and terminology. Incorporation of cybersecurity principles into effective systems designs. This course is directed to System Engineers and other technical personnel with a need to understand cybersecurity in order to integrate it into a balanced system design.

Course Objectives:
Topics include requirements analysis, cyber risk analysis, secure system architecture and design, secure software development, secure networking, and the basics of cryptography. The course employs team-teaching to ensure students benefit from outstanding expertise in all areas of content. Students will practice the principles taught in the course by developing a project of the individual student's choice.
Successful students will learn to:
• Effectively integrate cybersecurity into the systems engineering process
• Interact with cybersecurity specialists to employ robust and resilient secure systems solutions


ENGR 501 (Foundations of Systems Engineering) or SYSE 501 (Foundations of Systems Engineering); Bachelor's degree required; Credit allowed for only one of the following: ENGR 569, ENGR 580A4, or SYSE 569.

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email to learn more. (Discounts are not applicable to Denver sections.)

This class is available live via the Internet Tuesdays from 5:15 to 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Log into your Canvas account to access the course; directions will be posted.


Steven Simske
Steven Simske

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Dr. Steven Simske joined Colorado State University in 2018 as a Professor in Systems, Mechanical, and Biomedical Engineering. Before then, he was an HP Fellow and a Research Director in HP Labs. He led HP in research and development in algorithms, multi-media, labels, brand protection, security and secure printing, imaging, 3D printing, analytics and life sciences. He is a long-time member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils (2010-2016), leads the Steering Committee for the ACM DocEng Symposium, and is former President of the Imaging Science and Technology professional organization. Dr. Simske has nearly 200 granted US patents and more than 400 professional publications, including the recent books, Meta-Algorithmics and Meta-Analytics. He is an Honorary Professor in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, UK. Dr. Simske completed a BS (Marquette University, 1986) and Masters (Rensselaer Polytechnic University, 1987) in Biomedical Engineering; a PhD (University of Colorado, 1990) in Electrical Engineering, and a PostDoc (University of Colorado, 1993) in Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Simske was a payload specialist on a dozen Space Shuttle missions, and has designed devices ranging from exercise-responsive pacemakers to impedance tomography systems.

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