COMP 178 - Computer Network Security - Spring 2020

Instructor

Name Jeff Shafer
Office Anderson Hall 205
Phone (209) 946-2302
Email jshafer at pacific dot edu
Office Hours Varying for Spring 2020 semester. See schedule on office door for the current week or email to arrange an alternate time.

Course Basics

Class Hours Tuesday, Thursday, 8:00-9:20am in CTC 214
Prerequisites ECPE 170 or COMP 175 with a ‘C’ or better
Textbook No textbook is required for this course.
Optional reference books may be suggested throughout the semester, and I welcome feedback on any online/print references you find useful!
Credits 3

Course Description

This course is an examination of the pervasive security threats related to the Internet, data communications and networking.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Use modern tools for network scanning and reconnaissance
  • Perform entry-level penetration testing against a wide range of target systems
  • Configure firewalls and intrusion detection systems to alert and block attacks
  • Identify and defend against social engineering attacks
  • Understand modern network protocols at a level sufficient to develop next-generation network security tools

Course Topics

The topics covered in this course include:

  • Network protocols
  • Scanning and reconnaissance
  • Penetration testing
  • Firewalls and intrusion detection systems
  • Social engineering
  • Wireless security

Assignments and Examinations

This course will be composed of the following elements:

  • Laboratory Assignments (in-class and take-home) (70% of course grade)
  • Projects (30% of course grade)

Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is strongly encouraged.  Students who miss class meetings are responsible for keeping up with the class.  The course Canvas site will be used to assist in instruction. You are responsible for keeping up with projects, labs, lecture notes, announcements, and other materials that may be posted there.

Grading Policy

Grades for the course are assigned on the scale below:

Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D F
Points > 93 93-90 < 90-87 < 87-83 < 83-80 < 80-77 < 77-73 < 73-70 < 70-67 < 67-60 60

Student Work

Please note that copies of student work may be retained by the instructor to assess how the learning objectives of the course are met. Further, the MOSS (Measure of Software Similarity) system may be used to compare student submissions in an automated fashion.

Honor Code

The Honor Code at the University of the Pacific calls upon each student to exhibit a high degree of maturity, responsibility, and personal integrity. Students are expected to:

  • Act honestly in all matters
  • Actively encourage academic integrity
  • Discourage any form of cheating or dishonesty by others
  • Inform the instructor and appropriate university administrator if she or he has a reasonable and good faith belief and substantial evidence that a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy has occurred.

Violations will be referred to and investigated by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. If a student is found responsible, it will be documented as part of her or his permanent academic record. A student may receive a range of penalties, including failure of an assignment, failure of the course, suspension, or dismissal from the University. The Academic Honesty Policy is located in Tiger Lore and online at http://www.pacific.edu/Campus-Life/Safety-and-Conduct/Student-Conduct/Tiger-Lore-Student-Handbook-.html

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations, please contact the Director of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) for information on how to obtain an Accommodations Request Letter.

3-Step Accommodation Process:

  1. Student meets with the SSD Director and provides documentation and completes registration forms.
  2. Student requests accommodation(s) each semester by completing the Request for Accommodations Form.
  3. Student arranges to meet with his/her professors to discuss the accommodation(s) and to sign the Accommodation Request Letter

To ensure timeliness of services, it is preferable that you obtain the accommodation letter(s) from the Office of SSD during the first week of class. After the instructor receives the accommodation letter, please schedule a meeting with the instructor during office hours or some other mutually convenient time to arrange the accommodation(s).

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities is located in the McCaffrey Center, Rm. 137.  Phone: 209-946-3221 Email: ssd@pacific.edu Online: http://www.pacific.edu/disabilities  

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of the Pacific does not discriminate in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions, scholarships, loans, athletics, or other University activities or programs on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation or preference, sex or age.