Core Module Information
Module title: Security Testing and Advanced Network Forensics

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSN10407
Module leader: Naghmeh Moradpoor Sheykhkanloo
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Systems Engineering

To study this modules you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or to have passed this module.

Module Code: CSN09412
Level 9 equivalent networking-related module.

Description of module content:

The aim of the module is to develop a deep understanding of advanced areas related to security and vulnerability analysis, that will allow graduates to act professionally in the design, analysis, implementation, and testing of real-life information infrastructures. An outline of the main areas includes:

- Virtualised security test environments (services, hosts, servers and security devices).

- Vulnerability and Threat Analysis. Network trace analysis, enumeration and scanning.

- Penetration Testing. Metasploit, Backdoors, Fuzzifiers, Metasploitable and Armitage.

- Signature Creation and Detection for Network/Host Device Detection. - Web and Database Security Testing. Threat creation, detection and mitigation.

- Advanced Penetration and Security Testing.

- Introduction to Malware Analysis. Malware Creation and Detection.- Introduction to SIEM integration. Searching across logs and log aggregation.

- Advanced Network Protocol Analysis. - Stenography.

- Internet of Things Security.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1:Develop an advanced knowledge of key security fundamentals for threat and vulnerability analysis.

LO2:Critically review the key academic principles and integrate the practical skills required to follow a career in threat analysis and penetration testing.

LO3:Design, implement, evaluate and critically analyse the vulnerability assessment of a complex information infrastructure.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Naghmeh Moradpoor Sheykhkanloo
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The delivery is monthly day release, face to face, within a Graduate Apprenticeship scheme. For a module this equates to 2 hours per day of lectures and 5 hours of tutorial supported by online materials.

• The coursework will involve the design, implementation, evaluation and critical analysis of a real-life information infrastructure. There will be a focus on assessing the professional interactions in the vulnerability analysis. [LO2 and LO3].
• The module uses a range of security challenges where students study using the Asecuritysite package. The Asecuritysite Web package contains a completely managed learning environment, where the students can track their performance [LO1]
• Integration with a novel virtualisation infrastructure [LO2 and LO3].

Formative Assessment:
Tutorial/practical sessions are used to provide formative feedback for students on the module. During these sessions, module tutors assess and evaluate student performance on tasks relevant to the summative assessment, providing timely feedback which supports the development of students’ capabilities. The formative exercises and associated feedback shall also help students prepare for the summative assessments.

Summative Assessment:
There will be two methods of assessment:

• Coursework [50%]. This relates to a coursework on the design, implementation, evaluation and critical analysis of a real-life information architecture. [LO3].
• On-line tests [50%]: This involves two tests which focus on the two key areas of the module: Penetration testing and network forensics [LO1 and LO2].

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 21
Independent Learning Guided independent study 177
Face To Face CL_TST 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 25 1,2 8 HOURS= 1.5, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 50 3 14/15 HOURS= 16, WORDS= 0
Class Test 25 1,2 14/15 HOURS= 1.5
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Contact your module leader