During this introductory course, geared for students new to cyber security, students will be introduced to fundamental security topics. Students will critically examine concepts such as basic networking, system administration, team dynamics and system security as well as identifying and applying basic security hardening techniques. Students will gain practical experience through a virtualized lab environment where they will be building a small corporate network. Students will also work as a team towards the completion of a semester long research project of their choosing.
Faculty Instructors are responsible for administering the course in accordance with the University at Buffalo policies and this syllabus. Faculty Instructors also determine final course grades consistent with the grading policy in this syllabus.
Student Instructors are responsible for running the class. Most questions, unless believed to be sensitive, should go to someone from this list.
|Upon successful completion of this course a student will be able to…||Assessment|
|Learn Basic Security Concepts and Topics||Course|
|Defend a Machine from Real-time Attackers||Course & Competitions|
|Work effectively in a team||Project & Competitions|
|Identify threats and vulnerabilities of systems||Course|
|Effectively communicate via written reports and presentation skills||Project & Final Presentation|
Attendance for all lectures is required. Two absences or late arrival is permitted without penalty. Greater than two means you recieve an F in the course. Students arriving late or unprepared may also receive a penalty at the discretion of the instructor. Absences due to illness may be excused if the instructor is notified in advance, and the illness is documented by a physician or healthcare professional.
All students are required to participate fully in at least two cyber-security competitions, including the UB Lockdown competition. Various competitions will be announced throughout the academic semester.
This section is subject to change.
Homework will generally be assigned twice each week, and will likely be based on the topics in the class schedule. Unless otherwise specified, they will be released and submitted at homework.ubnetdef.org (the "Homework Engine").
This schedule is subject to change.
|Week 1||ISSA Guest Speaker||Codecademy Command Line|
|Week 2||Tim Mongan Guest Lecture||OverTheWire assignment|
|Week 3||Networking and Virtualization||pfSense Runbook|
|Week 4||Linux||Linux Setup|
|Week 5||Windows||Windows Runbook|
|Week 6||ISSA Lock Picking Event|
|Week 7||Governance and Risk Management||Executive Summary|
|Week 8||Spring Recess|
|Week 9||Firewalls and Services||Services Homework|
|Week 10||Advanced Networking||Networking Homework|
|Week 11||Packet Analysis and Logs||TBD|
|Week 12||Working as a Team||TBD|
|Week 13||TBA||Prepare for Lockdown|
|Week 14||Lockdown Debrief and Guest Lecture||Final Project|
The best way to request assistance is to ask on the
Systems Security channel on UBNetDef’s chat server. The instructors and mentors are constantly on the server, so it’s likely you will get a response within 24-hours, if not less. If you do not have access to the UBNetDef chat server, please contact an instructor.
|Systems Security Grading Scale|
|Mini-Projects (Runbooks/Technical Documentation)||15%|
|Systems Security Grading Scale|
|F||0 - 53%|
Students must conduct their coursework in a manner that does not violate the University at Buffalo’s Academic Integrity Policy. Students found in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy will receive an F for the course.
As a student in cyber security, you are learning tools and given resources that are meant to help protect yourself and others. However, these tools and resources can also be used in malicious or illegal ways. It is imperative that while you are a representative of this class, and even well after, you perform any security education or training strictly inside our internal environment or a controlled and contained environment that you have prepared for yourself. Any activity outside of our internal environment is outside of our control and protection. If you are not sure what you’re doing, it is very easy to do something illegal without even knowing you are (even something as simple as port scanning outside our internal network). If you are unsure if something is allowed or not, contact one of the instructors or mentors. All network traffic inside our infrastructure will be monitored for malicious or suspicious activity and acted upon with severe consequences if such privileges are abused. You are being given an opportunity to learn, please do not waste it.
As a part of Systems Security, you are granted permissions to create Virtual Machines on the vCenter environment, for educational purposes. Any misuse of the environment will result in the immediate failure of the student.
All traffic that occurs within the vCenter environment is being logged for analysis purposes. Traffic captures (pcaps) may be shared with other individuals within UBNetDef for educational purposes only. We highly discourage logging into any personal or social networking websites on a Virtual Machine hosted in the vCenter environment.