SEC520 Course Outline

Course Code: SEC520
Course Name: Internet Security
Offered Date: Winter - 2019 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This subject explores issues surrounding web site construction, operation, and maintenance from a security point of view. Students will learn how to identify attack types from both internal and external sources. Students will learn how to build secure servers. Major topics will include document encryption, server protection, and defense strategies. Example web servers for both Windows and UNIX/LINUX will be investigated.
Credit Status: 1 Credit for CNS/CTY Diploma Students
Prerequisite: INT420
Mode of Instruction: 4 hours lab time per week.
Learning Outcomes:

- Identify the role of security in the provision of an Internet service
- Identify authentication, authorization, and access control elements of a security configuration
- Understand Windows and Unix/Linux security foundations
- Identify common types of server vulnerabilities
- Test a server for vulnerabilities
- Harden a server against threats
- Configure an intrusion detection system
- Configure a firewall
- Configure server activity logging and interpret logs
- Configure secure access to a server for content and server administration
- Configure and use encryption technologies including ssh and kerberos
- Configure a web site to control access to content using passwords, client certificates and advanced login protocols

Topic Outline:

  • The Role of Security in the Provision of an Internet Service
  • Categories of Security Risks and Responses
  • Controlling Access to Content
    •         Passwords
    •         Client-side certificates
    •         Advanced login protocols
  • Security Foundations
    •         Authentication, Authorization, and Access Control
      •             Kerberos
      •             PAM
      •             Passwords
      •             PKI
      •             Self-generated keys
    •         Windows Security Foundations
    •         Linux Security Foundations
    •         Intrusion detection systems
    •         Firewalls
  • Hardening a Web Server
    •         Understanding common types of vulnerabilities
    •         Testing a server for vulnerabilities
    •         Hardening a server against common threats
  • Operational Security
    •         Administrative access
      •             Server administration
      •             Site/content administration
    •         Logging and log interpretation
    •         Auditing
    •         Change management
Prescribed Text(s):

  • Computer Security Basics, 2nd Edition by Lehtinen, Gangemi Sr.; ISBN 0-596-00669-1 published by O'Reilly Media
Reference Material:
Resources assigned by the professor
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course
  •     Complete ALL assignments and labs

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.


Assignments (minimum of 2) 20%
Log Book and Tasks 15%
Tests (minimum of 2) 30%
Final Exam 35%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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