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FIT3031 Information and network security - Semester 2, 2011

This unit will provide students with an understanding of: OSI security architecture; common information risks and requirements; operation of encryption techniques; digital signatures; public key infrastructure; authentication and non-repudiation; intrusion detection and response; firewall defence; privacy and ethics issues; security configurations to PC-based applications; and design of information systems with security compliance and security standards and protocols.

Mode of Delivery

  • Gippsland (Day)
  • Gippsland (Off-campus)
  • Sunway (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload

Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

For on-campus students:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • two-hour tutorial
  • up to 8 hours per week on average for personal study, attending newsgroup discussions and working on assignments.

Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however, you should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

CPE3001, CPE2007, CSE2500, GCO2831, FIT2058, FIT3018, FIT4028, GCO4831

Prerequisites

One of FIT1005, FIT1031, FIT1019, FIT2008, CSE2318, CSE3318 or GCO1815

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Gippsland

Joarder Kamruzzaman

Sunway

Simon Egerton

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • describe OSI security architecture;
  • describe common security standards and protocols for network security applications e.g. electronic mail, IP, web and network management;
  • understand common information risks and requirements;
  • explain the operation of conventional and public-key encryption techniques;
  • describe the concepts and techniques for digital signatures, authentication and non-repudiation;
  • understand privacy and ethics issues;
  • appreciate the need for the digital certificates and public key infrastructure;
  • appreciate the importance of system security against intruders and malicious software using firewalls;
  • appreciate the relevance of privacy and ethics issues to organisations and individuals;
  • apply simple security configurations to PC based applications e.g. email, Internet, computer administration;
  • design information systems with security compliance.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 20% Friday 2 September 2011, Week 6
Assignment 2 20% Friday 14 October 2011, Week 11
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
The teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning, equipping you with the ability to apply skills upon completion.

Feedback

Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Other: Solutions to tutes and labs will be discussed in class. Assignment feedback will be provided via comments.

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:
http://www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/directions.html
http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

Required Resources

Prescribed text:

  • W. Stallings, "Network Security Essentials: Applications and Standards", Pearson International, Fourth edition, 2010.

Software:

The software used in this unit is available in the public domain. The software is PGP encryption software which is available at:

http://www.pgpi.org/products/pgp/versions/freeware/win32

and

http://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 OSI Security Architecture  
2 Symmetric Encryption  
3 Asymmetric Encryption  
4 Authentication Applications  
5 Web Security  
6 Wireless Security Assignment 1 due Friday 2 September 2011, Week 6
7 Electronic Mail Security  
8 IP Security  
9 Intrusion Detection and Response  
10 Malicious Software Attack  
11 Firewall Defence Assignment 2 due Friday 14 October 2011, Week 11
12 Network Management  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1
    Description:
    This assignment is designed to test students' understanding of symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic concepts and how they can be applied in real world applications. This will be based on the topics covered in Weeks 1 to 6.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. How well underlying principles and theories are demonstrated in the student's answer
    2. The appropriateness of the formatted report style
    3. The quality of the student's argument

    Further details will be provided in the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    Friday 2 September 2011, Week 6
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2
    Description:
    This assignment is designed to test students' understanding of security protocols and standard practices, including wireless security. This will be based on the topics covered in Weeks 7 to 11.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. How well underlying principles and theories are demonstrated in the student's answer
    2. The appropriateness of the formatted report style
    3. The quality of the student's argument

    Further details will be provided in the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    Friday 14 October 2011, Week 11

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    60%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information

Policies

Student services

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Reading list

Prescribed text:

  • W. Stallings, "Network Security Essentials: Applications and Standards", Pearson International, Fourth edition, 2010.

Recommended text:

  • O. Poole, "Network Security - A Practical Guide", Butterworth Heinemann, 2003.
  • J. H. Allen, "The CERT Guide to System and Network Security Practices", Addison-Wesley, 2001.
  • M. Kaeo, "Designing Network Security : A Practical Guide to Creating a Secure Network Infrastructure", Cisco Press, 2004.
  • R. Oppliger, "Security Technologies for the World Wide Web", Artech House, 2003.