SECURE SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2G425228
Module Leader Kenneth Ovens
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to Computer Networking or equivalent. Fundamentals of Computing or equivalent.

Summary of Content

Network and system administrators are responsible for system access control, auditing, operation and maintenance with the purpose of ensuring high availability, integrity and security for the systems they manage. This module aims to provide a detailed introduction to server operating systems, including associated security concepts. How to analyse risks to networks and the steps needed to select and deploy the appropriate countermeasures to reduce exposure to physical and network threats. Enhance skills and knowledge needed to identify and counter some fundamental security risks and requirements. Learn advanced network security skills pertaining to network threat identification and prevention. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the proportion of the Activity Types which take place off campus, is 78%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 50%.

Syllabus

Introducton to Linux: System Architecture, Kernel, File Systems, Users and Groups, Permissions, Processes. System Administraton: Log analysis, Audit Trails, Backups, Intrusion Detecton and Preventon Systems (IDS/IPS), Network Services: DNS, DHCP, SFTP, ICMP, HTTP. System Security: Network hardening, Minimizing Atack Surface, Secure Service Confguraton.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:1 - Explain and implement security methods used to protect servers on a network.2 - Install, configure, secure and evaluate a server to a given set of advanced and complex requirements.3 - Describe how security operations such as backups, logging and auditing are used to ensure the security of a running system and high availability of services.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning in the workplace. The Learning and Teaching Strategy is informed by the University's Strategy for Learning. The course material will be introduced through online presentations as well as guided reading material made available on GCULearn. These are supported by practical exercises, and there will be seminars on campus which will allow students to discuss key concepts and issues with peers and tutors. Students will be expected to undertake a significant level of independent study within the workplace, including practical activities, and links will be provided to appropriate external material such as articles, podcasts and videos to supplement the module content. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the workplace and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment, and this will form part of the module assessment. Students will receive feedback on their performance throughout the module through undertaking the practical assignments and tutorial exercises and participating in the seminars.

Indicative Reading

Vacca, J.R. Introducton, In Network and System Security (Second Editon), Boston, 2014, (htp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/artcle/pii/B9780124166899000228) Shots Jr, W.E.(2013), The Linux Command Line 2nd Internet Editon Buchanan, W.J. Introducton to Security and Network Forensics (2011), Auerbach Publicatons. ISBN-13: 978-0849335686

Transferrable Skills

Logical thinking and problem solving Critical analysis Communication skills (Electronic, written, oral and listening) necessary to make effective presentation of a technical nature (information, ideas, problems and their solutions) to a range of audiences. Numeracy in both understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension. Creativity, innovation and independent thinking. Appreciating and desiring the need for reflection and planning for self -learning and improving performance as the foundation for CPD and Life long learning. Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). Interpersonal skills, the ability to work as a member of a team (work with and relate effectively to others) recognising

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Practical Research / Laboratory Work
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Unseen written exam