NET 577 Network Security II

Dale Buchholz

Spring 2023-2024
Class number: 32647
Section number: 901
W 5:45PM - 9:00PM
LEWIS 01007 Loop Campus
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This course is an advanced class in network security. Topics include Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems; Security Engineering processes; Advanced firewall considerations; Honeypots; Incident response; Forensics; Enterprise security policy development and complex enterprise security infrastructure design and integration.


(not required)

CCNA SECURITY 210-260: Official Cert Guide, Santos, Omar; Stuppi, John, Cisco Press, 2015, ISBN 0-13-407785-7



CCNA SECURITY 640-554: Live Lessons, Barker, Keith, Pearson IT Certification, 2012, ISBN 0-13-325900-5

LAN Switch Security: What Hackers Know About Your Switches by Eric Vyncke and Christopher Paggen, Cisco Press, 2007, ISBN 1587052569

Router Security Strategies: Securing IP Network Traffic Planes by Gregg Schudel and David J. Smith, Cisco Press, 2007, ISBN 1587053365


All students are required to complete and submit the General Knowledge Exam (100 pts). This will be due late in the quarter (week 9).

All students are required to submit 200 points worth of assignments chosen from the following:

  1. 2 Research Papers (100 pts each)—one due Week 6; one due Week 11 (last class)
  2. 6 Labs (50 pts each) – CML, Packet Tracer and Snort

The total number of points submitted for the class is 300. Students may choose any combination of assignments that total to 200 points. For example:

All research program: first paper (due Week 6) plus General Knowledge Exam (due Week 9) plus second paper (due Week 11).

All labs program: 4 labs from the set of {4 CML, 1 PT and 1 Snort} (due Weeks 3, 5, 7 and 11) plus General Knowledge Exam (due Week 9)

Mixed program: 2 labs (due Weeks 3 and 5), 1 paper (due Week 11) and the General Knowledge Exam (due Week 9). This is an example. Other plans are possible. The key requirement is 200 points and a realistic schedule for submission. That is, work must be submitted periodically throughout the quarter and cannot be all submitted at or near the end of the quarter.

Further details on each assignment will be distributed by April 7. Students will be required to submit a plan for their 200 points by Sunday, April 14. This can be adjusted during the quarter if need be but must be approved by the instructor.

Research papers, labs and the General Knowledge Exam must be completed individually. Class attendance (sync or async) is strongly recommended since lectures may cover topics outside the text. All class sessions will be recorded for asynchronous viewing.

Final grades will be calculated as follows: points earned divided by possible points yields a total course percentage between 0% and 100%.  Final letter grades will be assigned as:





























< 60



NET 477 Network Security

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Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296