BTN710 Course Outline

Course Code: BTN710
Course Name: Information Security
Offered Date: Fall - 2017 | Other versions
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Course Description:
With the ever-expanding use of the internet there has been an increased need for security at all levels within data communications. This course provides the technical foundation required to understand the security concerns faced by network administrators, technical support staff and end users in today's data communications environments. Current security solutions that address issues such as Authentication and Authorization, Data Integrity, Non Repudiation, Privacy/Confidentiality, and Availability of Service will be examined through a combination of lectures and hands-on labs.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: BTP400 and BTN415
Mode of Instruction: Modes: Self-study preparation, in-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 3
Room configurations: Classroom, and computer lab
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall term
Learning Outcomes:
  • explain the function of various security tools for systems adminisrators and program developers
  • document the methods used to distribute workload among group members
  • create diagrams that illustrate basic network security concepts
  • apply appropriate network and information security terminology in lab exercises
  • explain the basic principles of cryptography
  • list and explain several types of attacks that a network may be subject to
  • explain the importance of a security policy, as it pertains to intruder detection, viruses, and system backkups
  • discuss security as it applies to VPNs
  • explain cryptographic techniques including encryption, hashing, message authenticaion, PKI and digital signatures
  • discuss the operation of firewalls, and various tunneling protocols
  • explain networking security concepts to various audiences using appropriate terminology
  • document group decisions in selecting and researching a topic dealing with network security
  • explain email security applications such as PGP and S/MIME
  • discuss network security and security standards as they apply to the Internet
  • explain various authentication systems
  • explain web security applications such as SSL and SET
  • explain basic network security concepts
  • synthesize the results of the group member's efforts into a final product
  • conduct guided research into selected areas of network security, using both Internet and print sources
  • explain various methods used to secure enterprise data networks that are connected to Public Data Networks
  • explain the importance of risk analysis and assessment in the Information Security Life Cycle
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • Information Security, Business Awareness and Practices
  • Hackers, Attacks and Tools
  • Network Security -- Authentication Methods
  • Network Security -- Firewalls and Methods
  • Risk Assessment and Analysis
  • Security Policy Development and International Standards
  • Cryptographic Techniques
  • Secure Technologies and PKI
  • Building Secure Application
  • Building Secure Web Applications
  • Code Review and Testing
Prescribed Text(s):
Corporate Computer Security, Fourth Edition
by Randall Boyle and Raymond Panko
ISBN 978-0133545197
Published by Prentice Hall
Reference Material:
Course web site, on MySeneca, has links to other online documents
SSD external mass storage device, plug-in USB 3.0, minimum 240 GB.
Promotion Policy:
  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  • Pass the final exam
  • Pass the weighted average of the exam and all other assessments

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Projects (2 or more) 20%
Individual lab assignments (8 or more) 10%
Tests (2 or more) 30%
Final Exam 40%

Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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Accomodation for Students with Disabilities
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