Computer Network Operations - ZEIT8020

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Engineering & Information Technology @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline: ZEIT8020 Course Outline

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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To provide the foundation for offensive and defensive tactical Cyber Operations. To develop knowledge and skills of the tools, techniques and procedures involved with Computer Network Operations. To develop competence in addressing strategic, operational and tactical issues of CNO.

Objectives and learning outcomes

  • On completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Conduct simple computer network operations by:
  • Defining the suitable operation goals and outcomes.
  • Conduct indirect and direct reconnaissance against a target.
  • Identify suitable vulnerabilities for access opportunities.
  • Assemble and package computer exploits
  • Understand and apply strategies to penetrate network defences.
  • Install native and implanted network backdoors for access assurance.
  • Expand network access to reach target systems.
  • Defeat hacker OPSEC by understanding the full spectrum of offensive activities and designing detection and identification mechanisms.
  • Improve CNO OPSEC by understanding artefacts and signatures generated from CNO activities.
  • Plan computer network operations using industry and government best practices.
  • Provide advice on the efficacy of CNO in creating Effects.
  • Provide advice to policy makers on strategic issues regarding cyber capabilities, doctrine, and partnerships.
  • Provide basic penetration testing services.

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