University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Susan J Lincke, PhD CISA

Information Security Planning

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Dr Susan Lincke received her MS and PhD in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, and her Bachelor's Degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University in Ohio. She has 17 years of industry experience in data and telecommunications, with Motorola, MCI, and GE, working in development, test, and project management. After earning her MS degree, Susan switched to a career in academia.

Susan's area of research is cellular/wireless communications, information and network security, and modeling and simulation. She is also interested in software engineering project management and community-based learning.

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NSF Grant: Information Security Audit: Case Study and Service Learning


While much of the focus in security education has focused on technology, such as encryption, malware, intrusion detection, and authentication, a side that is often ignored is the less technical side of IS security, including policy development, application development and control, fraud avoidance, and risk management. Such knowledge is useful for security analysts, auditors, and security-oriented systems analysts. The development of this Information Systems Security course will involve students working with authentic projects, including small for-profit or not-for-profit organizations. Students working with a small organization get to see a broad picture of how security can be implemented for a constrained problem.

To prepare students for such work, a case study will be developed where students work with an ongoing scenario in class through the semester. The case study will include sufficient structure, including PowerPoint slides, an organizational description, skeleton security documents, and lab scenarios. The case study will enable students to discuss solutions and implement one of them. They will work with skeleton documents which can then help them to apply security concepts to a real-world environment. 

This work is interdisciplinary, bringing together faculty from computer science, accounting and management information systems, to ensure real business cases are considered, and to learn from each others expertise to expand our understanding of the problem.

The grant was awarded in May 2009, from National Science Foundation's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program. The materials are in development currently and will be provided on an official web site during the summer of 2010. Interested parties who would like to obtain copies of the material can request them from Susan Lincke using the email address provided above.

Susan Lincke PhD

Dept. of Computer Science

University of Wisconsin—Parkside

900 Wood Road

Kenosha WI

Phone: 262-595-2129

Fax: 262-595-2114

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