COIT12202 - Network Security Concepts
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

As the Internet becomes more pervasive, so do the threats to the security of our computer systems and communications. This unit provides students with grounding in security technology. Topics include network security fundamentals, access control and authentication, firewalls, wireless network security, intrusion detection systems and cryptographic techniques and their applications. The unit provides the knowledge requirements to sit the CompTIA Security and industry standard certification exam should students choose to once they have gained the required industry experience.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT12206 OR COIT13147

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
More supporting software need to be installed in lab computers to perform tutorial. Student Feedback Effective communication will be conducted with TaSAC to seek more support with needed software installation.
An open book exam Student Feedback More flexible examination methods will be provided.
Lab activities Self-reflection Hands-on projects will be designed based on different operating systems to enhance understanding on the knowledge of network security.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss general security concepts and define basic terminology
  2. Explain the role of network security technologies such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and authentication
  3. Assess wireless security infrastructure and recognise threats and weaknesses
  4. Explain cryptographic mechanisms used to provide security
  5. Describe methods and technologies used to achieve operational and organisational security
  6. Apply the knowledge gained in the unit in practical exercises using common hardware and software

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • System Design (DESN)
  • Service Desk and Incident Management (USUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication        
2. Problem Solving        
3. Critical Thinking          
4. Information Literacy            
5. Team Work            
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Examination    

Prescribed Textbooks

CompTIA security+ guide to network security fundamentals
Author/s: Ciampa, M Year: 2015
Edition: 5th Publisher: Cengage
City: Boston
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Wireshark - Network Protocol Analyser
  • Snort - Network Intrusion Prevention And Detection System (NIPS - NIDS)
  • VirtualBox - A Virtualization Software Package
  • keylogger - A Type of Surveillance Software
  • HashTab - a GUI hash Generator
  • SMAC 2.0 - MAC Address Changer
  • Bluestacks Android Emulator - An Android OS Emulator
  • KeePass - A Free Open Source Password Manager
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorYufeng Lin (y.lin@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction to Security

Introduction to Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 1)

Week 2 17-07-2017

Theats

Malware (Ciampa, M. Chapter 2); and Application and Network Attacks (Ciampa, M. Chapter 3)

Week 3 24-07-2017

Application, Data, and Host Security

Host, Application, and Data Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 4)

Week 4 31-07-2017

Cryptography: Basic

Basic Cryptography (Ciampa, M. Chapter 5)


Week 5 07-08-2017

Cryptography: Advanced

Advanced Cryptography (Ciampa, M. Chapter 6)


Vacation Week 14-08-2017


Week 6 21-08-2017

Network Security I

Network Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 7)


Quiz + Short-Answer Questions - 1 Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Network Security II

Administering a Secure Network (Ciampa, M. Chapter 8)


Week 8 04-09-2017

Access Control

Access Control Fundamentals (Ciampa, M. Chapter 11)


Week 9 11-09-2017

Identity Management



Authentication and Account Management (Ciampa, M. Chapter 12);


Week 10 18-09-2017

Mobile Security I

Wireless Network Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 9)


Quiz + Short-Answer Questions - 2 Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Mobile Security II

Mobile Device Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 10)


Week 12 02-10-2017

Compliance and Operational Security

Business Continuity (Ciampa, M. Chapter 13); and Risk Mitigation (Ciampa, M. Chapter 14)


Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017


Exam Week 16-10-2017


1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Quiz + Short-Answer Questions - 1
Task Description

Assignment 1 is designed to test your understanding of information security including the background of information security, threats, application, data and host security, basic and advanced cryptography. This task contains two parts, quiz questions (10%) and a series of short-answer questions (15%) relating to the contents in weeks 1-5. Further details and what you are required to submit will be available on the Moodle website in Week 2.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Friday 25-Aug-2017 11:45 PM AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017)
Friday 08-Sep-2017
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The quiz is automatically graded by the system based on the selection of correct or incorrect answers. For short-answer questions, a template with a detailed tabular marking criteria will be provided and the answers will be assessed in regards to accuracy, clarity and detail.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission instructions are provided in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss general security concepts and define basic terminology

2. Explain the role of network security technologies such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and authentication

4. Explain cryptographic mechanisms used to provide security

6. Apply the knowledge gained in the unit in practical exercises using common hardware and software

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Quiz + Short-Answer Questions - 2
Task Description

Assignment 2 is designed to test your understanding of network security, including network security, mobile security, access control and Identity Management. This task contains two parts, quiz questions (10%) and a series of short-answer questions (15%) relating to the contents in weeks 6-10. Further details and what you are required to submit will be available on the Moodle website.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Friday 22-Sep-2017 11:45 PM AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Friday 13-Oct-2017
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The quiz is automatically graded. Short-answer questions will be assessed against the criteria of accuracy, clarity and detail.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission instructions are provided in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss general security concepts and define basic terminology

2. Explain the role of network security technologies such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and authentication

3. Assess wireless security infrastructure and recognise threats and weaknesses

6. Apply the knowledge gained in the unit in practical exercises using common hardware and software

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss general security concepts and define basic terminology

2. Explain the role of network security technologies such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and authentication

3. Assess wireless security infrastructure and recognise threats and weaknesses

4. Explain cryptographic mechanisms used to provide security

5. Describe methods and technologies used to achieve operational and organisational security

6. Apply the knowledge gained in the unit in practical exercises using common hardware and software

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice


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