CS373 Computer Network Security

for F1T 2011

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CS 373 Computer Network Security


F1T 2011 DL


Cigas, John


Ass. Prof.



Office Location

Parkville, MO

Office Hours

By email

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

F1T 2011

Class Days




Credit Hours


Ciampa, Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 3rd Edition, Thomson Course Technology, ISBN 978-1-4283-4066-4.

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Course Description:
CS373 Computer Network Security: This course introduces students to various security concepts, issues, and countermeasures in both computer systems and computer networks. The topics to be examined include, but are not limited to, cryptographic techniques and applications, attack and vulnerability identification defenses and countermeasures, security tools and techniques, and ethical and legal issues. Several of these concepts may be put into practice using laboratory exercises. PREREQUISITE: CS365 3:0:3

Class Assessment:

  1. Chapter Discussion – Each week, there will be two topics for you to research and summarize for the class. You must also read the other students' posts and offer a different approach or additional research. Refer to the Course Discussion Participation page for additional information.
  2. Weekly Homework – Each week, there will be a homework assignment with several questions that require you to provide detailed answers. You will perform and submit the homework to the weekly homework Dropbox.
  3. Chapter Quizzes – Each week, there will be two quizzes, each having 10 true-false and multiple-choice questions. You can take each quiz exactly one time. There is a 30 minute time limit for each quiz.
  4. Projects – There will be a two-week project starting in week 5 and due at the end of week 6. This project will be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox.
  5. Final Exam – There will be a proctored final exam during week 8. The final exam is comprehensive, covering all materials in weeks 1 to 7. The question formats are multiple-choice, true-false, and short answer. This online exam is closed books, notes, electronic devices, and Web access (except for taking the exam). Please refer to the Proctored Final Exam Process information later in this document.




Total Points

Percentage (%)

Course Home Self Check





Chapter Discussion





Chapter Quizzes





Weekly Homework










Final Exam















90-100 %



80-89.9 %



70-79.9 %



60-69.9 %


Below 384

0-59.9 %

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

In this course, some people may have different opinions which you do not agree with. Be objective and respectful when responding to different points of view. Working online may make communication more difficult since you don't see each other's body language.

  1. Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism.
  2. It is important not to take disagreement personally.
  3. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally.
  4. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened.
  5. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness, which does not promote learning.

You can see more about core rules of netiquette at http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Course Learning Outcomes Covered


Course Home

Introduction to the policies and administration of the course

Course Policies and Administration

All materials under Course Home, including the Self Check quiz


Introduction to Security;
Systems Threats and Risks

1, 3, 4

Chapters 1 & 2


Protecting Systems;
Network Vulnerabilities and Attacks

1, 3, 4

Chapters 3 & 4


Network Defenses;
Wireless Network Security

4, 5, 6, 7

Chapters 5 & 6


Access Control Fundamentals;

2, 3

Chapters 7 & 8


Performing Vulnerability Assessments;
Conducting Security Audits

7, 8, 10

Chapters 9 & 10


Basic Cryptography;
Applying Cryptography


Chapters 11 & 12


Business Continuity;
Security Policies and Training

10, 11, 12

Chapters 13 & 14


Final exam


All materials covered in class

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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