COMP2320 is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). You will be expected to bring your own laptop computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) to the workshop, install and configure the required software, and incorporate secure practices into your daily work (and play!) routines.
Each week you should complete any assigned readings and review the lecture slides in order to prepare for the lecture. There are two hours of lectures and a two-hour workshop every week. The hands-on exercises in workshops help to reinforce concepts introduced during the lectures. You should have chosen a practical on enrollment. You will find it helpful to read the workshop instructions before attending - that way, you can get to work quickly! For details of days, times, and rooms consult the timetables webpage. Note that Workshops commence in week 1. Please note that you will be required to submit work every week.
The following two textbooks contain the bulk of the weekly readings.
- Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking, by Georgia Weidman (available online from the library).
- The Web Application Hacker's Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws, by Dafydd Stuttard and Marcus Pinto (available online from the library).
- Hands-On Ethical Hacking and Network Defense, 3rd Edition, by Michael T. Simpson, Nicholas Antill (available online from the library).
- Business Data Communications and Networking, 13th Edition, by FitzGerald, Dennis, and Durcikova (available online from the library).
Unit Websites COMP2320 is administered via iLearn (http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/).
Lecture recordings Digital recordings of lectures may be available. When available they will be linked from iLearn.
This unit makes use of discussion boards hosted within iLearn. Please post questions there; they are monitored by the staff on the unit.
In this unit, you should do the following:
- Attend lectures, take notes, ask questions.
- Attend your weekly practical session.
- Ensure that you participate in the CTF exercises.
- Read appropriate sections of the text, add to your notes, and prepare questions for your lecturer/tutor.
- Work on any assignments that have been released.
Lecture notes will be made available each week but these notes are intended as an outline of the lecture only and are not a substitute for your own notes or the recommended reading list.