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Leslie Fife

LSUS Professor Leslie Fife

Name: Dr. Leslie D. Fife

Title: Professor & Director of Cyber Security Lab

Start Year at LSUS: 2008

Credentials: Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Oklahoma, 2003.

Department: Computer Science

School: Mathematics & Sciences

College: Arts & Sciences

Office Location: Technology Center 213

Office Phone: 318-797-5093

Email: leslie.fife@lsus.edu

Teaching Assignments:

CSC 220: Computer Systems Security

A comprehensive overview of the technical aspects of computer system security.

CSC 225: Information System Security

A comprehensive overview of the organizational aspects of information system security.

CSC 270: Information Assurance

An introduction to the field of Information Assurance (Security). Various kinds of threats that might be faced by an information system and the security techniques used to fight them are covered. Hacker methods, viruses, worms, bombs, and system vulnerabilities are described with respect to the actions that must be taken by a Network Manager to thwart them. Existing and planned protection methods and defenses are mapped to the information system threats and attacks.

CSC 280: Computer Forensics

A broad overview of computer forensics and investigation tools and techniques. All major personal computer operating system architectures and disk structures will be discussed, as well as what computer forensic hardware and software tools are available. Other topics include the importance of digital evidence controls, how to process crime and incident scenes, the details of data acquisition, computer forensic analysis, email investigations, image file recovery, investigative report writing, and expert witness requirements.

CSC 405/605: Programming Language Concepts

A study of formal languages and grammars as defined by the Chomsky hierarchy, formal methods for defining the syntax and semantics of programming languages, and the fundamental features and concepts of programming languages from multiple language paradigms.

CSC 430/630: Computer Networks

The fundamentals of data communications and computer networking. Topics include data encoding and transmission methods, as well as network architecture and protocol. The OSI reference model will be used as the basis of study.

CSC 438/638: Network & Computer Security

Issues of computer system and network security. This includes common security threats and the countermeasures and protocols used to combat them. Topics include encryption, user and message authentication, access control, viruses, worms, certificates and firewalls.

CSC 485: Social & Ethical Issues in Computing

In-depth exploration of the social, psychological, political, and ethical issues surrounding the computer industry and the evolving information society.

Research Interests:

Cyber Security, Wireless Sensor Networks, Mobile Ad-Hoc Network Data Communications, Pedagogy.

Selected Publications:

L. Fife, and A. Jordan “The Development of an Academic Cyber Security Lab: From Bare Walls to Functional Lab,” Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, accepted and to appear April 2016.To be presented at the CCSC South Central Conference, Austin, TX, USA, April 8, 2016.

V. Menon, L. Fife, and T. Spears, “The Role of the RSA Algorithm in Awakening the Computer Science Student to the Beauty of Mathematics,” Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 27 (4), accepted and to appear April 2016. To be presented at the CCSC South Central Conference, Austin, TX, USA, April 8, 2016.

V. Menon, and L. Fife, “The Role of Vintage Hardware in Motivating Today’s Computer Science Students,” Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, accepted and to appear April 2016. To be presented at the CCSC South Central Conference, Austin, TX, USA, April 8, 2016.


K. Agarwal, A. Agarwal, L. Fife, and M. Celebi “
Raptor and Visual Logic© - A Comparison of Flowcharting Tools for CS0,” Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, accepted and to appear April 2016. To be presented at the CCSC South Central Conference, Austin, TX, April 8, 2016.

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