This unit provides a sound working knowledge of the key features which make up the network security for an organisation.  The unit includes a detailed investigation of threats and mitigation techniques, network security architectures, introduction to firewall setup and configuration, intrusion prevention system (IPS) setup and operation as well as internetworking operating system (IOS) software features to harden routers and switches. The unit also investigates proxy server vulnerabilities, Wireless Lan (WLAN) security vulnerabilities and the application of Virtual Private Networks (VPN's) and cryptography fundamentals.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


VU21988 - Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security

VU21990 - Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation


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: - communicate and contribute as a member of a team; - problem solve network security infrastructure; - interpret and follow documented material and procedures; - use a laptop or a workstation; - install and demonstrate the application of software packages; - perform basic mathematical calculations; - connecting networked devices; - configuring a firewall; - implementing IPS; - plan and apply foundational troubleshooting of network security infrastructure, and; - drive testing software packages.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - testing methodologies; - using networking devices; - new firewall technologies; - CLI to configure a network device; - handle and use network devices; - WLAN operation and architectures; - WLAN vulnerabilities; - encryption, hashes and digital signatures; - encryption algorithms; - public key encryption; - basic cryptography; - VPN's, and; - IPSec.

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