The Defense-in-Depth Foundational Curriculum is designed for students, ranging from system administrators to CIOs, who have some technical understanding of information systems and want to delve into how technical assurance issues affect their entire organizations. The course material takes a big-picture view while also reinforcing concepts presented with some details about implementation. Therefore, this course can be a useful pursuit for system administrators and IT security personnel who would like to step up to the management level. It also can provide a refresher for IT managers and executives who want to stay up to date on the latest technological threats facing their enterprises.
The curriculum consists of eight main modules: (1) Compliance Management, (2) Risk Management, (3) Identity Management, (4) Authorization Management, (5) Accountability Management, (6) Availability Management, (7) Configuration Management, and (8) Incident Management. The document also contains an introduction, "Foundations of Information Assurance," which focuses on how the overarching concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability can lead to a comprehensive security strategy.