Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology



Subject Information
Subject Code CSCI968
Subject Name Advanced Network Security
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites CSCI971
Co-Requisites nil
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Assignments and the exam can test the ability to interpret and or design protocols, and represent them in a clear and consistent manner and the ability to analyse scenarios. The theoretical and mathematical aspects can be tested through question based assignments and in the exam. Assignments will critically analyse a range of recent reports.
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Subject Description
This subject begins with a review of typical networking structures, and a brief overview of security concerns. The effect on security of different network architectures will be considered. Protocol design and analysis will be treated in depth, in particular authentication and key exchange/establishment protocols. Distributed or server aided computation will be studied. Theoretical and practical aspects of traffic analysis, intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems will be studied. A range of additional topics, such as wireless security and reverse engineering, will be included as appropriate.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Design and analyse protocols, in particular those for key establishment and authentication.
2. Analyse a scenario, in particular a network infrastructure, to determine the security requirements and likely weaknesses.
3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the mechanics, use of tools, and statistical mathematics underlying those tools, for intrusion detection and traffic analysis.
4. Critically read relevant and up-to-date reports on issues of relevance.