This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to install, configure and test network security in an information and communications technology (ICT) network.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - assess and identify security threats, vulnerabilities and risks; - determine appropriate countermeasure for threat, vulnerability or risk; - implement countermeasure per threat or risk; - install, configure and test network elements to ensure perimeter security; - test and verify function and performance of selected security measures; - monitor network for suspicious activity and take appropriate action where necessary, and; - document newly discovered threats, vulnerabilities and risks, including change recommendations for approval. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - outline authentication issues; - summarise the security requirements of the client business domain; - utline common virtual private network (VPN) issues, including bandwidth and dynamic security environment; - explain how to configure routers and switches; - summarise current industry accepted hardware and software security products, including general features and capabilities; - outline the function and operation of VPN concepts, including encryption, firewalls, packet tunnelling and authentication; - outline network protocols and operating systems; - summarise organisational issues surrounding security; - outline security perimeters and their functions; - describe security protocols, standards and data encryption; - summarise security threats, including eavesdropping, data interception, data corruption and data falsification; - outline types of VPNs, including site-to-site and user-to-site internet traffic and extranets, and; - summarise the systems and procedure.

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