Edinburgh Napier – Network Security Module

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This is the fifth of six mandatory modules in the MSc Advanced Security & Digital Forensics program at Edinburgh Napier University.

Six weeks into the Network Security semester – the pace is blistering and it’s amazing what’s been covered already!

Assessment for the module consists two online tests of 20 questions over 90 minutes each and a major coursework project submission for a December 20, 2019 deadline. The online tests have a weighting of 25% each and the coursework project a weighting of 50% towards the final module assessment mark. The first online test was completed on October 28, so results awaited for that.

We’ve used a virtual network build and test environment setup, similar to Cisco Packet Tracer, over VPN to the University for the practical work.

The focus is on Cisco devices as they are regarded as the leaders, ‘The Standard’, in the networking space. Certainly it’s Rolls Royce kit, and their support and educational setup, by way of the Cisco Networking Academy, is fantastic. Absolutely recommended if anyone wanted to acquire a firm grasp of networking technology and practice. They have a number of very worthwhile free introductory courses.

Here’s a summary of what’s been covered in the module so far:

The coursework project is super-interesting. It consists the re-design of an existing enterprise network, which includes headquarters, branch office, retail outlets and e-Commerce operations. The objective is a firewalled-perimeter network topology to optimise segmentation and security while providing frictionless public-facing services in a secure way. The work is to be documented in a fully-referenced academic report.

Super-challenging, super-interesting. I can understand why this Masters program in cyber security has GCHQ certification.

On with the second half of the semester!