June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
14.485.1 - 14.485.12
Development of Undergraduate Network Security Labs with Open Source Tools
Undergraduate level network security classes are usually taught during the junior or senior year of an undergraduate education, because it is assumed that students have acquired the necessary background material in previous classes, such as algorithms, programming, and networks. Although students should have had enough exposure to the background material, they still potentially face difficulties in grasping theories and concepts related to the network security field. One way to address this concern is to give homework, or require laboratory exercises with programming assignments. Programming assignments provide the students with an excellent opportunity to digest the concepts. However, they are usually focused too much on one aspect of the problem rather than overall picture of the particular topic of interest. Thus, it is vital to design network security labs that combine theory and available applications representative of the lecture component of the class.
In this paper we discuss the development of the laboratory component of an undergraduate network security course for the Telecommunications Engineering Technology (TCET) program at Southern Polytechnic State University. As with other engineering technology programs, the TCET program maintains an application-oriented approach in all of its courses. Creating the laboratory component is often the most challenging part of the overall course development task. Fortunately, the availability of numerous open source security tools provided resources for all of the lab exercises as well as many of the lectures. The tools were selected in order to better enable student to comprehend the complexities and intricacies of security-related topics. Furthermore, the lab exercises can be used with stand-alone labs, or aid in the completion of programming assignments or other forms of homework. Descriptions of the security course lab exercises and features of the open source tools that were utilized are included.
In our era, information is distributed across many uncontrolled domains (e.g., Internet) and we have become more dependent on technology and the Internet.. For instance, we have many flavors of distributed networks today: wired, wireless, GPS, hand-held devices, sensor networks1, etc., with almost the same set of rich networking functionalities (e.g., multimedia.) However, as the number of cyber crime incidents increase2, the security of these diverse set of networks and their services has become an integral part of most businesses.. For instance, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) a received over 200,000 cyber crime-related incidents in 2007 alone. Therefore, the situation necessitates the teaching and better education of today and
a The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
Uluagac, A., & Thain Jr., W. E., & Fallon, T., & Copeland, J. (2009, June), Development Of Undergraduate Network Security Labs With Open Source Tools Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5772
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