Course Outline

SEC706 Network Forensics

Course Coordinator:Clive Harfield (charfiel@usc.edu.au) School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2022Semester 2

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

This online course teaches you how to monitor the network for traffic anomalies and identify attacks and instructions across points of interest within the network infrastructure environment. Through practical applications and real world investigations You will develop the skills required to monitor and analyse network traffic to assist in incident response and forensic investigation.This includes performing activities such as packet capture and protocol analysis as well as data collection, aggregation and intelligence analysis.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous online workshop 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Topics will include:

Types of evidence, acquisition & packet analysis

Proxies

Protocol analysis

Logging & log collectors

Forensic log management & log reporting

Netflow

Firewall and IPS

SOAR & continuous packet capture platforms

Acquisition architecture investigation techniques

Introduction to forensic report-writing

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate knowledge of network forensics evidence acquisition processes and techniques. Knowledgeable
2 Identify and explain current cyber attacks, relevant network controls, infrastructure interception points, standard and advanced security intelligence platforms Creative and critical thinker
3 Develop practical skills to detect, extract and analyse all relevant forensic artefacts. Empowered
Engaged
4 Develop and produce reports suitable for admission as case evidence, that describe identification, search and seizure requirements and examine and analyse provided evidence. Empowered
Engaged

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

SEC705

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

​​Using marking rubrics, students will participate in continuous peer and self-assessment tasks. Opportunities will be provided during tutorials for peer-review of responses to online tutorial questions.​ 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Portfolio Individual 20%
Weekly Entry (250 Words / Week)
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 40%
1 Hour
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Report Individual 40%
3000 Words
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Competency Portfolio
Goal:
​To demonstrate knowledge of network forensics evidence acquisition processes and techniques.
Product: Portfolio
Format:
Submit: Weekly from Week 2 to 11 

A reference manual containing: 

- Reference notes of topics covered in semester 
- Playbook Template 
- Application and usage reference list including role of tool and process documentation for essential -to-know tasks. 
- Copies of relevant legal materials.  

The response format for assessment item 1 may utilise a number of formats, all written from the perspective of a Cyber Security professional to address weekly questions. 

Responses may be in the form of Q/A Style short answer, technical Wiki Article of Blog Entry.​
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
​Identification and explanation of current cyber attacks, relevant network controls, infrastructure interception points, standard and advanced security intelligence platforms
2
2
Development of the practical skills to detect, capture and analyse all relevant forensic artefacts.​
3
All - Assessment Task 2:Network Attack Practical
Goal:
To sit a practical involving an ongoing attack and will be required to utilise tools taught throughout semester to capture Indicators of Compromise, attacker identification and packet capture and log artefacts.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
Format:
Online interactive practical lab consisting of equally weighted challenges.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Identification and explanation of traffic anomaly and conversation information utilising monitoring platforms.
2 4
2
Selection of the appropriate network infrastructure device on which to acquire traffic of interest.
2
3
Detection and extraction of relevant information from Firewall / IPS platforms.
3
4
Analysis of log aggregation platform / SIEM to report relevant events and alerts.
4
All - Assessment Task 3:Network Forensics Report
Goal:
To prepare a report appropriate for submission as legal evidence in line with Australian federal law.
Product: Report
Format:
​A written network forensics report providing a high-level summary suitable for executive level communication articulating the chronological order of events as well as a high level and deep-dive explanations of events within a case.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Description of identification, search and seizure requirements.
1
2
Examination and analysis of provided evidence.
4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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