June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Electrical and Computer
14.738.1 - 14.738.12
Innovative Network Security Course Development Abstract
Network security courses become increasingly popular in colleges (including community colleges) and universities. This paper discusses about developing the novel course of network security using laboratory activities. It elaborates innovative projects that are suitable for laboratory work in network security curriculum. It explores both hardware and software components that are now being used for practical exercises in network security courses. Most often these laboratory exercises include many hands-on activities.
In learning the concepts of network security via hands-on labs, students have ample opportunities to understand the underlying security technologies that prepare the engineers and technologists of the next generation. This paper discusses the hands-on labs for network security technologies, especially configuring the firewall (Access Control List - ACL), VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), IPS (Intrusion Prevention Systems) on various devices such as Cisco routers and Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA). In addition, this paper also discusses the wireless network security which is also very important part of the course due the growth of wireless LAN.
The field of network security is dynamically changing due to the advances in the technologies. It becomes more and more vital as people spend more and more time connected to the Internet. Intruding into networked resources is often much easier than compromising physical or local security. Many areas of network security demand highly trained personnel to solve the new challenges such as firewall, VPN, IDS (intrusion detection system), IPS, wireless LAN security, etc. There is a great demand of technicians and engineers who can maintain and secure the networked environment.
While theory oriented electrical and computer engineering and computer science curriculums offer students few network security courses, this may not be enough to train network engineers with the proper background on the newer security technologies. Although many courses on computer and network security have been developed in these programs, they are primarily focused on in-depth mathematics, algorithms, and theory. Most of these courses are not focused on hands-on experiments that are very useful to gain the understanding of fundamental concepts. Since computer information technology (CIT) program emphasizes the hands-on learning, the previous approach taken by computer engineering programs is not suitable for CIT program. As mentioned earlier, due to the high demand and need of network security education, our CIT program curriculum includes few courses related to the network and computer security.
The goal of the network security (CIT484) course at our university is to familiarize students with several different network security technologies through a series of laboratory experiments using small-scale test beds although the network devices for performing laboratory experiments with the newest technologies are expensive and change constantly. Consequently, it is very difficult to upgrade and continuously enhance these laboratories. However, hands-on experiments are the .
Jasani, H., & Hao, W. (2009, June), Innovative Network Security Course Development Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5291
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