Module Overview

Network Security

This module introduces the core concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices. It allows students to experiment with network behaviour and ask 'what-if' questions. Students will deploy, configure and administer firewall design strategies using both routers and ASAs based on real-world scenarios using Virtual Private Networks and the Public Key Infrastructure.

Module Code

COMP H4014

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Modern Network Security Threats

Worms, Viruses and Trojan Horses; Attack Methodologies

Securing Network Devices

Securing Device Access and Files on Routers and Switches; Privilege Levels and Role-Based CLI; Configuring ACLs

Configuring a Security Appliance

Time Setting and NTP Support; Syslog Configuration; Network Address Translation; Port Address Translation; Connections and TranslationsStatic Translations

Authentication, Authorization and Accounting

Configuring 802.1x Port-Based Authentication; Configuring Local AAA on Routers; Configure Server-Based AAA on Routers; Configure ACS for Security Appliance support

Instrusion Prevention Systems

Describe IPS deployments and technologies; configure IOS IPS using CCP

Implementing Firewall Technologies

Firewall Technologies; Zone-Based Policy Firewall using CCP


Hashes, Digital Signatures and Authentication; Symmetric and Asymmetric Encryption; Public Key Infrastructure

Configuring Site-to-Site VPNs using Pre-shared Keys on Routers and ASA Appliances

Configuring a Site-to-Site VPN Using Pre-shared Keys; Modifying the Site-to-Site VPN Configuration

Configuring Advanced Protocol Handling

Advanced Protocol Handling; Protocol Application Inspection; Multimedia Support

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60