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Syllabus for CSIS 3650 - Network Security

Time: TTH 10:00a.m. - 11:20a.m. in ELC306

Texts:    Ethical Hacking and Network Defense, 2nd Edition, Simpson, ISBN#978-1-4354-8609-6

Hands-On Information Security Lab Manual, Whitman & Mattord, ISBN#0-619-21631-X

Course Objectives:

  1. This course provides practical experience with network security technologies.
  2. Analysis, prioritization, and categorization of network security technologies, policies, and network attacks..
  3. Ethical issues emphasized in class.  Students are required to sign a liability form.
  4. Analysis of business needs is necessary in designing security policies that meet and protect company, personal information, and resources.
  5. Network security is constantly being tested and students interested in this area must be committed to continually updating their knowledge of the industry.

This course assesses the following ABET Program Outcomes: (E) An understanding of professional, ethical and social responsibilities; (G) An ability to analyze the impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society, including ethical, legal, security and global policy issues.

Course Approach:

This course is a mix of lecture and hands-on exercises.  The text, lecture materials and the Internet will serve as the major sources of information for this course.  Your responsibility as a student is to read the text, attend class sessions, take thorough notes, complete assigned tasks, and complete all exams.  Questions are always encouraged and welcome.

Comfortable Learning Environment:

Students with medical, psychological, learning, or other disabilities desiring academic adjustments, accommodations, or auxiliary aids will need to contact the Southern Utah University Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), in Room 206F of the Sharwan Smith Center, phone (435)865-8022.  SSD determines eligibility for and authorizes the provision of services.


Projects 40%
Exams & Quizzes 30%
Attendance & Participation 10%
Honeypot Project 20%


Projects (Capture-the-Flag):

Capture-the-Flag projects will be presented in class. These projects will encompass concepts presented in the appropriate week. View the specific Project assignments page. All lab assignment write-ups must be submitted in Word format wherever possible. In your write-up you need to include the following:

- Provide the information that the project requires.
- Include the tool you used for the project, where appropriate.
- Include the title of the project.
- Include a summary of what you learned from the project, and how you might use it as a security professional.


Quizzes, both announced and unannounced, will be given throughout the semester and will cover material previously discussed or to be discussed in class that day.  Students are encouraged to read and review discussion materials before class.

Late Work:

Late work will be accepted within one day of the announced due date.  Late work will receive an automatic grade reduction of 25%.  Late work turned in after the grace period will not be accepted. The only exception to this policy is if there is a University Excused absence or technical difficulties beyond your control.

Make-up Exams:

Make-up exams will be given for university-approved absences or absences pre-approved by the instructor.  Illness, unless the instructor is notified in advance of the exam period, is not considered justification for make-up exams.  Make-up exams, when given, will be at a time convenient to the instructor.  Final exams are to be taken at the designated time and place.  In extreme cases the final may be taken at a different time, however, the student must pay an early exam fee to the SUU Registrar's office and a copy of the receipt must be provided to the instructor before the exam is taken.

HEOA Compliance statement:

The sharing of copyrighted material through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, except as provided under U.S. copyright law, is prohibited by law. Detailed information can be found at http://www.suu.edu/it/p2p-student-notice.html.


In case of emergency, the University's Emergency Notification System (ENS) will be activated. Students are encouraged to maintain updated contact information using the link on the homepage of the mySUU portal. In addition, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Emergency Response Protocols posted in each classroom. Detailed information about the University's emergency management plan can be found at http://www.suu.edu/ad/facilities/emergencyprocedures.

Academic Integrity:

    Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for information about procedures and about what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.

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