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Parent Programme
Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 7 NFQ)
MODULE NFQ
Level 7
MODULE CREDIT UNITS
ECTS: 5
MODULE TITLE
Cyber Security Defence & Operations
Reference Code: M3.2
STAGE
Year 3
fALL sEMESTER 1
12 Weeks X 3.15 Hours per week

Cybersecurity Defence & Operations

Network Attacks: A Deeper Look

In this Cybersecurity Defence & Operations module you will understand the key concepts of information security, incident response and risk management and investigate the requirements to ensure confidentiality integrity and availability of IS and related components.

  • Use network monitoring tools to identify attacks that against network protocols and services.
  • Observing Network Operation, traffic monitoring.
  • Attacking the Foundation, how TCP/IP vulnerabilities enable network attacks.
  • Attacking What We Do, how common network applications and services are vulnerable to attack.

Protecting IT infrastructures

Apply Cybersecurity Defence & Operations standards and compliance recommendations in defending against and responding to security incidents and threats.

  • Methods to prevent malicious access to computer networks, hosts, and data.
  • Understanding Defence, approaches to network security.
  • Access Control as a method of protecting a network.
  • Network Firewalls and Intrusion Prevention, how firewalls and other devices prevent network intrusions.
  • How content filtering prevents unwanted data from entering the network.
  • Threat Intelligence, how to locate current security threats.

Cryptography and the Public Key Infrastructure

  •  Explain the impacts of cryptography on network security monitoring.
  • Cryptography tools to encrypt and decrypt data.
  • Public Key Cryptography, how the public key infrastructure (PKI) supports network security.

Cybersecurity Defence & Operations - Security & Analysis

Endpoint Security and Analysis

  • How to investigate endpoint vulnerabilities and attacks.
  • Endpoint Protection, how to generate a malware analysis report.
  • Endpoint Vulnerability Assessment.

Security Monitoring

  • Technologies and Protocols Explain how security technologies affect security monitoring.
  • Log Files Explain the types of log files used in security monitoring

Intrusion Data Analysis

  • Analyse network intrusion data to identify compromised hosts and vulnerabilities
  • How security-related data is collected.
  • Data preparation for intrusion data analysis.
  • Analyse intrusion data to determine the source of an attack.

Incident Response and Handling

  •  Explain how network security incidents are handled.
  • Apply incident response models to an intrusion event.
  • Apply standards specified in NIST 800-61r2 to a computer security incident.
  • Case Study - Given a set of logs, isolate a threat actor and recommend an incident response plan.

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
LO 1
Demonstrate knowledge of the components and concepts of information and data security including confidentiality, integrity and availability.
LO2
Appraise the secure operation of common IT infrastructures and services.
LO3
Classify the various types of cyber attacks and the methodologies used.
LO4
Use various methods to both prevent and detect malicious access to IT infrastructures.
LO5
Ensure business continuity by adhering to recommended standards of secure operations.

Assessment

MIMLOs
Assessment
Percentage
3, 4, 5
CA 1 – Practical Lab Work
40%
1, 2, 3
CA 2 – In-Class Theory Test
20%
1-5
CA 3 – Case Study
40%

Aims & Objectives

This module introduces the learner to core concepts and skills needed to monitor, detect, analyse and respond to internal and external security threats facing organisations. The module involves a practical application of the skills needed to maintain and ensure security operational readiness of secure networked systems.

This module will ensure learners meet the following objectives

  • Understand the key concepts of information security, incident response and risk management.
  • Investigate the requirements to ensure confidentiality integrity and availability of IS and related components.
  • Awareness of key threats to IS and related components.
  • Apply standards and compliance recommendations in defending against and responding to security incidents and threats.
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