ICT 232 Network Security

Credits: 3

Course Content:
Security should be a primary concern of computer users. Whether on the Internet or inside corporate networks, robust security is a must. This course provides the opportunity for the student to learn how to implement, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot security in a network infrastructure. For students interested in pursuing a CompTIA Security+ certification, the materials presented in the course will be helpful for the certification exam.

Course Format:

  • ICT 232 will take approximately 45 hours to complete and is scheduled over an 8-week period.

Course Prerequisites:
CST program admission, ICT 114 or equivalent

Transfer Credit:
No transfer credit exists for this course.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between a broad range of security threats and configure workstations to reduce these,
  • Identify and reduce the threats that may potentially affect a networked environment,
  • Maintain access control within a network,
  • Conduct risk assessments and audits,
  • Identify the common forms of cryptography and their benefits and risks,
  • Identify and reduce the potential for risks identified in the corporate organizational structure.

Required Materials/Texts:
CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: Exam SY0-401, 6th Edition, by Dulaney, Emmett and Easttom. (Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Publishing, 2011). ISBN: 978-1-118-87507-0.
Because this course is taught online, students will require a computer and high speed internet connection.

Evaluation Profile:

Final Examination
TOTAL 100%

Grading Profile:
Percentage grades will be converted to letter grades at the home institution.

Course Content:

1 Course Overview, Measuring and Weighing Risk
2 Monitoring and Diagnosing Networks
3 Understanding Devices and Infrastructure
4 Access Control, Authentication, and Authorization
5 Protecting Wireless Networks
6 Securing the Cloud
7 Host, Data, and Application Security
8 Cryptography
9 Malware, Vulnerabilities, and Threats
10 Social Engineering and Other Foes
11 Security Administration
12 Disaster Recovery and Incident Response
13 Final Exam covers the full term

Operational Details:

College Policies: Academic Appeals (including appeal of final grades), Student Conduct, Cheating and Plagiarism, Academic Probation and other educational issues are those of the institution where the student is registered.
Attendance: As this is an on-line course, attendance requires participation in the course, not time in a classroom. However, students must ensure that they complete their required participation in online discussions and other similar assignments.
Missed Exams: Quizzes and periodic tests must be written when scheduled for the class. This policy may be modified should the student submit written documentation, acceptable to the department, supporting a valid reason for missing the quiz or test (i.e. family or personal emergency, etc.).
Late Assignments: Late assignments will not be marked without the student having made prior arrangements with the instructor.
Cheating/Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's words, ideas, interpretations, insights, or order of points as one's own. All work submitted must be the student's own words and content, and not written by a tutor or friend. If external sources are used for an essay or assignment, they must be documented to avoid plagiarism.