This course covers concepts and issues pertaining to network security and network security architecture and evolving virtualization and related cloud computing security architecture. Topics include mini-cases to develop a network security context. For example, we will assess the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) unified information security framework. This framework is supported by information security standards and guidance, such as a risk management framework (RMF) and continuous monitoring (CM) process. Applied cryptography and information security—encryption algorithms, hash algorithms, message integrity checks, digital signatures, security assessment and authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA), security association, and security key management (generation, distribution, and renewal)—are discussed with consideration given to emerging cryptographic trends, such as the evolution and adoption of NSA’s (National Security Agency’s) Suite B cryptography. This course presents network and network security architecture viewpoints for selected security issues, including various security mechanisms, different layers of wired/wireless security protocols, different types of security attacks and threats and their countermeasures or mitigation, Next Generation Network (NGN) security architecture that supports the merging of wired and wireless communications, and Internet Protocol version 6 implementation and transition. The course concludes with more comprehensive cases that consider network security aspects of virtualization and cloud computing architecture.
EN.605.202 Data Structures; EN.695.601 Foundations of Information Assurance and EN.605.671 Principles of Data Communications Networks or EN.635.611 Principles of Network Engineering.