COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:CSC-445 Computer Network Defense
A one-semester, undergraduate-level course focuses on computer network defense and countermeasures. It is designed to give students a solid foundation in network security fundamentals. The course covers both the conceptual and practical aspects of network security. It first reviews the threats to network security, the defense-in-depth strategy and technologies, and network security policy design and implementation. The course then explores the three key network defense technologies in depth: firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and virtual private network. An emphasis on labs and projects will provide students hands-on learning experiences in using popular open- source and “industry-standard” tools and solutions to implement a wide spectrum of defense measures to protect computer networks, and to detect, respond to, and recover from intrusion.
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CSC-445 focuses on one of the most important and critically needed skill areas in information assurance and networking: network security. It builds upon the CSC-430 Data Communications, an introductory course on the fundamentals of networking, TCP/IP and internet, to investigate the concepts and practices for securing networks and network communications. The CSC-445 course also leverages key information assurance concepts and practices such as encryption, authentication, risk analysis, security policy design and implementation, etc.
|Chapter 1||Network Defense Fundamentals|
|Chapters 2 & 3||Security Policy Design & Implementation|
|Chapter 4||Network Traffic Signatures|
|Chapter 5||Firewalls – Designing and Choosing|
|Chapters 10 & 11||Firewalls – Deploying and Operating
Labs – Firewalls and Penetration Testing Tools
|Chapter 7||Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)|
|Chapter 8||Intrusion Detection and Incident Response
Labs – IDS
|Chapter 5||Virtual Private Network (VPN) Concepts|
|Chapter 6||VPN Implementation
Device Security and Lockdown
|Chapter 12||Network Defense-in-Depth: Design & Operation
Labs – Case Project
Methods include lecture, demonstrations, labs, projects, and self-study.
|Labs - Firewalls||10%|
|Labs - IDS||10%|
|Labs - Case Project||10%|
|Homework Assignment & Misc. Labs||20%|
|Exams & Quizzes||40%|
|Attendance & Class Participation||10%|
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