COMPX304-21B (HAM)

Advanced Networking and Cyber Security

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: rachael.foote@waikato.ac.nz

Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)

Tutor(s)

Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)

Librarian(s)

: debby.dada@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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A study of computer networks with a focus on Internet protocols, and cyber security with a focus on practical examples and solutions to vulnerabilities. The aim of this paper is to develop a practical understanding of the operation of core Internet protocols, security technologies, application protocols, and transmission technologies, as well as providing students a practical understanding of common security issues present in software, operating systems, hardware, and human nature.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is delivered in lecture format and in laboratory format both will be delivered in person. The lecture slides and recordings will be made available on Moodle shortly after the lecture is given, laboratories will not be recorded and attendance is required. The lectures are supplemented with laboratory exercises that expand on important topics found in lecture slides and ground the lectures with practical exercises.

Students are expected to attend all lectures and the laboratory each week.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Students will improve their understanding of central aspects of the Internet including as TCP/IP, DNS, addressing, routing, and routing protocols
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  • Students will be able to configure and test small computer networks
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  • Students will be able to use network monitoring tools to understand and diagnose protocol behaviour
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  • Students will have an understanding of software security best practices
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  • Students will have an understanding of security vulnerabilities
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  • Students will be able to demonstrate a side-channel vulnerability
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  • Students will be able to implement a protocol for securely exchanging information over an insecure channel
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Assessment

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The laboratory tasks and assignment work is strongly linked to the theory covered in lectures. Viewing the lectures and completing the laboratory and assignment work will result in the best learning outcomes.

The "Routing with BGP" assignment follows on from the "Routing with OSPF" assignment. Submitting the OSPF assignment will therefore help students complete the BGP assignment.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Participation in Laboratory Exercises
10
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. Assignment 1: Routing with OSPF
13 Aug 2021
No set time
12.5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test 1: Networking
19 Aug 2021
No set time
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Assignment 2: Routing with BGP
6 Sep 2021
No set time
12.5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Assignment 3: Side Channel Attacks
1 Oct 2021
No set time
12.5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Assignment 4: Quantum Key Exchange
22 Oct 2021
No set time
12.5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Test 2: Cyber Security
14 Oct 2021
No set time
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required readings will be identified in class, be publicly available, and found online.
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Recommended Readings

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Recommended readings will be identified in class, be publicly available, and found online.
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Other Resources

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Relevant research papers (the content of which will not be assessed) will be identified in Moodle.
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Online Support

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The course has a dedicated Moodle instance with a Question and Answer forum, which the course lecturer and tutor will monitor and support.
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Workload

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Students should expect to spend about 10 hours per week on this paper, in the following proportions:

  • 2 hours a week for lectures
  • 3 hours a week for laboratory work
  • 5 hours a week for assignments and private study for tests as appropriate
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: COMP202 or COMPX204

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: COMP312

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