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This course introduces students to the dynamic field of network security through the application of tools and practices commonly used in real-world network environments. Students will learn the history of securing computer networks and the evolution of threats from hackers to sophisticated criminal organizations. Networking basics will be covered, specifically application level protocols (SSH, HTTP, SSL, etc.). Proactive security measures including authentication, encryption and firewalls are introduced. Monitoring technologies including intrusion detection, packet sniffing and computer/network forensics approaches will be covered and applied. Specific threats including network worms, phishing attacks, malware (viruses, spyware, rootkits, etc.), denial of service will be analyzed and prevention or recovery solutions will be applied. Lab and homework exercises will focus on the application of tools in a live network environment to achieve best practices in network security.

The above course description and goals were taken from the official course description.

Professor Dr. Ben Uphoff
Office L342
Phone (414) 277-7326
Meeting Times MR 2pm (Lecture), T 2pm (Lab)
Location CC03 (SDL)
Office Hours See schedule


None. We will be using a variety of online resources and articles in place of a text. Readings will be available online or via Blackboard.

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