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CIT 217
Network Security Fundamentals

Revised: January 12, 2006 for Spring semester 2006
Credits: 3
Instructor:Patrick O'Hanahan
Instructor accepts appointments to acomadate most schedules.
Walk-ins are welcome during office hours.
Office hours are posted on the office door and on the web site.web site.
Office: HTC 131
Phone: 753-2288 (office with voice mail)
Class Web Page:
Textbook:Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2nd ed. Pub: Course Technology.
Available through the college bookstore.

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Course Recommendations
CIT 112 and 213 or CIT 173 and 174 are highly recommended prerequisite for this course.
Students should have the following knowledge and skills prior to starting the course.
It may be possible for a student to acquire this knowledge and skills through additional study during the course. Catalog Description;
The purpose of the class is to prepare professionals with some networking experience and who possess a thorough knowledge of TCP/IP to take and pass the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. Topics will include general security basics of cryptography, and operational/organizational security. Working knowledge with network Servers or associated certifications would be considered essential.

Course Description:
In this course, we will take an in-depth look at network security concepts and techniques. We will examine theoretical concepts that make the world of security unique. Also, this course will adopt a practical, hands-on approach when examining networking security techniques. Along with examining different network strategies, this course will explore the advancement of network implementation as well as timeless problem solving strategies. This hands-on course is designed to help prepare you for the CompTIA Security+ exam and for the challenges you will face as a networking professional. Lectures, projects and exercises will reinforce skills as they are learned. Specific topic coverage includes but not limited to: Information Security Fundamentals, Security Basics and Baselines, Securing Network Infrastructure, Web Security, Cryptography, Policies and Planning.

Welcome to CIT 217, Security+.
WebCt will be used for review and testing.
The following objectives will be covered over the course of the class. The order of coverage and additional objectives are subject to change based on the progress of the class.

Major Learning Outcomes

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of this class a student will be able to:

1. Perform the installation of Windows 2003 Server. Configure a Windows 2003 Server computer as a domain controller. Configuration Charts
2. Identify the various types of information security attacks. Text Book chapter 2, lab 2
3. Identify the principles of security. Text Book chapter 3, lab 3
4. Configure the pillars of security Text Book chapter 3, lab 3
5. Create security baselines and disable nonessential services. Text Book chapter 4, lab 4
6. Secure Network Infrastructure, including cable plant and media. Text Book chapter 5, lab 5
7. Secure e-mail and advanced Communications. Text Book chapters 6 and 7, labs 6 and 7
8. Configure Security, using cryptography, algorithms, PKI, Certificates Text Book chapters 8 and 9, labs 8 and 9
9. Create Security Plan including Physical Structure and diaster Recovery Text Book chapter 10, lab 10
10. Establish Security Policies and Procedures at the croporate level. Text Book chapter 11, lab 11
11. Avaluate computer forensics and its use in detering security attacks. Text Book chapters 12 and 13, labs 12 and 13

Student Outcome Assessment
Assessment Method Learner Outcomes
Completion of Lab Manual and labs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Assignments and Qizzes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Classroom participation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Written and Skills examinations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grading and Class Conduct:
Cell phones are prohibited, except for work and family emergency. Please notifiy the Professor if you need to have your cell phone available.
PDA usage is limited to course related activites only.
Internet usage for any purpose other than course related activites is grounds for loss of participation points.

The goals of this class will be assessed through labs and other assignments along with a final exam. Your grade will be based 40% on assignments and exercises, 20% on participation, and 40% on tests.
This is a letter grade class an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=59% or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale. All assignment due dates will be noted when the assignments are given. Any excused absences must be agreed to by the instructor in advance unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. One (1) unexcused absences results in an Failing grade. The code of conduct stated in The Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced.

GBC supports providing equal access for students with disabilities. An advisor is available to discuss appropriate accommodations with students. Please contact the ADA Officer (Julie Byrnes) in Elko at 775.753.2271 at your earliest convenience to request timely and appropriate accommodations.

COURSE SCHEDULE topics by week: (subject to change based on class progress)
Additional assignments will be provided verbally or as handouts in class.
  1. Load Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server Software
  2. Information Security Fundamentals
  3. Attackers and thier Attacks
  4. Security Basics
  5. Security Baselines
  6. Securing the Network Infrastructure
  7. Web Security
  8. Protecting Advanced Communications
  9. Mid-Term on WebCt
  10. Scrambling through Cruptography
  11. Using and Managing Keys
  12. Operational Security
  13. Policies and Problems
  14. Security Management
  15. Advanced Security and Beyond
  16. Final Test on WebCt

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