KF7003 - Network Security

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What will I learn on this module?

The main objective of this module is to provide you with an in-depth coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles and technologies for network security. This module will provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding on two important aspects related to security namely, data security and network security. The module will cover a number of topics including cryptography, classical systems, IP protocol security, private and public-key cryptography, cryptographic protocols, hash functions, authentication, signature schemes, email and web security, viruses, and firewalls. The concepts introduced in lectures are reinforced with the help of extensive hands on laboratory workshops. You will also have the opportunity to develop practical networking skills by using Cisco IOS, configuration of firewalls, switches and routers. You will also explore the wider impact of security via a consideration of related legal, ethical and social issues.

How will I learn on this module?

The majority of academic material will be delivered via lectures and laboratory workshops such that the lecture directly supports the hands on lab content. Material will also be made available on eLearning Portal (Blackboard) for students to access notes and laboratory scripts reading ahead of the current weeks study. The hands-on workshops will be performed in groups to facilitate student interaction and stimulate collaborative work. Additional supporting material such as related video lectures, interesting demos will be provided for further understanding of the topics and independent learning. Directed and independent learning material will enable you to read further (using RFCs, IETF standards, relevant journal an conference publications etc.) around the subject to support in-depth learning. You will get a chance to work individually as well as in groups to design and implement security solutions for enterprise level organizations in the laboratory.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lecturers/tutors will offer you guidance on studying and what they expect of you. A significant amount of support and feedback would come from laboratory workshops where students get instant and detailed feedback on their weekly task. Feedback will also be made availabe via your classroom based sessions. You can access a number of University resources and guidance for example, how to study effectively, write assignments, revise for your exams and avoid plagarism.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Develop an in-depth understanding of fundamental concepts and challenges in data and network security
2. Demonstrate concepts related to basic cryptography

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Critically evaluate threats to data and network security; design and implement security solutions using networking IOS
4. Apply appropriate theory, practices and tools to the design/development of network security solutions
5. Critically evaluate the legal, ethical and social implications of security

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Have the ability to work effectively as an individual or as a member of a team.

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment for the module consists of a group project and a closed-book exam. The exam is worth 70% of the module marks and the group project is woth 30% of module marks. Exam 1 will cover MLOs 1, 2 and 3. Group project will cover MLOs 4 and 5.

Additionally formative assessment is also provided in the form of a variety of small development or analytical exercises/quizes during both lecture and workshops with
opportunities for discussion and review. Furthermore, the workshops include designing and implementations of security solutions in laboratory environment. The interaction between the instructor and students serves as feedback.
c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning
Students will get their feedback through varios means including, quizzes using Turning Point, group projects and feedback upon the exam.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Network Security stands out as a critical issue in design deployment and management of internetworks. The main objective of this module is to provide an in-depth coverage of fundamental concepts, principles and technologies for network security. This module will provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding on two important aspects related to security namely, data security and network security. The module will cover a number of topics including cryptography, classical systems, IP protocol security, private and public-key cryptography, cryptographic protocols, hash functions, authentication, signature schemes, email and web security, viruses, and firewalls. Students will also be exposed the wider impact of security via a consideration of related legal, ethical and social issues.

What will I learn on this module?

The main objective of this module is to provide you with an in-depth coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles and technologies for network security. This module will provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding on two important aspects related to security namely, data security and network security. The module will cover a number of topics including cryptography, classical systems, IP protocol security, private and public-key cryptography, cryptographic protocols, hash functions, authentication, signature schemes, email and web security, viruses, and firewalls. The concepts introduced in lectures are reinforced with the help of extensive hands on laboratory workshops. You will also have the opportunity to develop practical networking skills by using Cisco IOS, configuration of firewalls, switches and routers. You will also explore the wider impact of security via a consideration of related legal, ethical and social issues.

Course info

UCAS Code G401

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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