Computer and Network Security

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Computer and Network Security

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CS310: Computer Networks

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course provides an introduction to computer security. This course begins with a tutorial of the basic elements of cryptography, cryptanalysis and systems security. Topics include network security, authentication, security protocols design and analysis, trusted computing, key management, intrusion detection, DDOS detection and mitigation, security policy, biometrics, web security and other emerging topics.
    Topics
    This course provides an introduction to computer security. Students successfully completed this class will be able to evaluate works in academic and commercial security, and will have rudimentary skills in security research. The course begins with a tutorial of the basic elements of cryptography, cryptanalysis, and systems security. Topics will include network security, authentication, security protocol design and analysis, trusted computing, key management, intrusion detection, DDOS detection and mitigation, security policy, group systems, biometrics, web security, privacy and other emerging topics.
    Course Content
    The main topics are:
    Introduction
    - Security definition, Attacks, Risk, Threats and Vulnerabilities
    - Security models and Policy
    - Privacy issues
    Traditional and Modern Cryptography
    - Cryptography and Cryptanalysis
    - Symmetric and Asymmetric Cryptographic algorithms (DES, AES, CBC, RC4, RSA)
    Security Fundamentals and Theory
    - Message Integrity & Authentication (MAC)
    - Entity Authentication ? challenge response, zero- knowledge, biometrics
    - Cryptographic hash functions (SHA)
    - Digital Signature
    - Key management ? KDC, Kerberos, Diffie Hellman algorithm, PKI
    - Security protocols
    Network Security
    - Application layer security ? Email security (PGP)
    - Transport Layer security (SSL/TLS)
    - Network Layer Security (IPSec), Firewall, IDS
    - Program Security - Viruses, Trojan, worms, buffer overflow
    Learning Outcomes
    - Relate to the ethical issues and fundamental aspects of computer and network security in the modern society.
    - Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various cryptographic algorithms.
    - Implement message confidentiality, integrity and authentication.
    - Recommend security policies and mechanisms to counter threats (resulting from vulnerabilities in real life systems).
    Textbooks
    Forouzan B. A. (2008), Cryptography and Network Security, McGraw Hill, New York.
    (ISBN: 978-0-07-287022-0)
    Assessment
    Mid Semester Test: 15%
    Assignments: 30%
    Tutorial and Lab Participation: 5%
    Final Exam: 50%

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