Curriculum Guideline

Network CyberSecurity

Effective Date:
Course Code
CSIS 4470
Network CyberSecurity
Computing Studies & Information Systems
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours

Lecture: 2 hours/week

Seminar: 2 hours/week

Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

The methods of instruction for this course will include lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and hands-on assignments/projects.

Course Description
The objective of the course is to provide the students with the knowledge and practical experience in identifying and mitigating potential attacks on networks and networked devices.
Course Content
  1. Network Security
  2. NSM Test
  3. NSM Data
  4. NSM Drawbacks
  5. Collecting Network Traffic: Access, Storage and management
  6. NSM Platforms
  7. Security Onion
  8. Stand alone Server plus sensors
  9. SO Code
  10. Distributed Deployment
  11. SO Platform Housekeeping
  12. Command line Analyzing Tools: Tcpdump, Dumpcap, tshark and Argus
  13. Graphical Packet Analyzer: Wireshark, Xplico and NetworkMiner
  14. NSM Consoles: Squil, Squert, Snorby and ELSA
  15. Server-side Compromise
  16. Client-side Compromise
  17. Extending SO
  18. Proxies and Checksums
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the successful student will be able to: 

  1. Describe major security issues on a network
  2. Design a secure network configuration, including placement of network devices
  3. Manipulate the configuration files related to the setup and initialization of networking components
  4. Configure and test cross-platform networking applications
  5. Monitor network traffic using tools such as tcpdump and other packet sniffers
  6. Analyze network traffic to identify compromises in security
  7. Write scripts to automate network modelling and analysis tasks
Means of Assessment

Assessment will be in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.

Lab Assignments




Midterm Exam *


Final Exam *




* Practical hands-on computer exam 

In order to pass the course, students must, in addition to receiving an overall course grade of 50%, also achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined weighted examination components (including quizzes, tests, exams).

Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.


Textbook Materials

Course Materials to be provided by the instructor and/or approved textbooks from the department.


Minimum grade of C in CSIS 3560, CSIS 3270 and CSIS 3160