COMP09020 2023 Networking, Cloud and CyberSecurity

General Details

Full Title
Networking, Cloud and CyberSecurity
Transcript Title
Networking & CyberSecurity
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Subject Area
COMP - Computing
BUS - Business
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2023 - Full Academic Year 2023-24
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Diane O'Brien, Fiona Mitchell
Programme Membership
SG_BDIGI_M09 202300 Master of Science in Digital Business SG_BDIGI_O09 202300 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Digital Business SG_BAPPL_S09 202300 Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Digital Business

The module will provide the student with the networking skills, network service requirements and device configurations necessary in small business.  Students will explore cyber trends and threats with the aim to be safe online.  Following on from there the students will evaluate the measures used by organisations to mitigate the attacks.  To deal with the growing needs of today's business students will analyse the services provided by service providers in order to implement a secure IT Infrastructure.  Finally, students will investigate network compliance to formulate an IT compliance policy for a SME to prevent unethical activity ensuring a fair workspace for all.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Examine the networking requirements for a small to medium business.


Design and implement a business network using wired and wireless technologies.


Critique cybersecurity and data confidentiality in a business and recommend techniques to mitigate cyber attacks. 


Critically assess cloud services for SMEs and determine how blockchain technology can be used in Cloud Storage. 


Examine network compliance to prevent unethical activity ensuring a fair space for all to work 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures will introduce the student to the theoretical aspects of the course.

Lectures will be accompanied by readings that support and expand on what was covered in the lecture.

Practical exercises will be used to reinforce the learning experience.


Module Assessment Strategies

Learners will complete 2 components of continuous assessments which are designed to ensure they meet the module learning outcomes.

The assessments will allow students an opportunity to showcase their understanding of the material covered throughout the course.

Assessment will comprise of a range of applied projects and reports where students must critically review relevant literature, and demonstrate their knowledge of the course requirements. 

Repeat Assessments

Indicative Syllabus

L01 - Business Network 

  • Examine wired and wireless network components
  • Explore the movement of traffic through the network
  • Analyse the protocols that govern network communication.


L02 - The working network

  • Plan and instal a small business network using wired and wireless technology, then connect it to the Internet.
  • Perform basic configurations for routers, switches, wireless access points and end devices to provide access to local and remote network resources and to enable end-to-end connectivity between remote devices.
  • Configure and troubleshoot connectivity a small business network using security best practises.


L03 - Cybersecurity

  • Explore cybersecurity and its potential impact to a business.
  • Understand the most common threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities.
  • Gain insights into how businesses protect their operations from attacks.
  • Defend the network system, devices and business data from attacks.
  • Implement Disaster recovery.


L04 - Cloud Computing

  • Differentiate between Cloud Services models and how they can be used in business- Iaas, Paas, Saas
  • Examine existing deployment models for implementing cloud computing in an organisation
  • Determine how the cloud can benefit your business, as well as the challenges it may cause.
  • Sourcing and selecting the right cloud services for your business.
  • Evaluate the use of Blockchain Technology to secure Cloud storage.


L05 - Network Compliance

  • The need for network compliance in a business
  • Evaluate the Laws, Protocols, Security, Consensus, Permissions, Privacy
  • Determine who owns the data - Service policy
  • Examine compliance tools and how they can help minimise risks in the organisation
  • Create an IT compliance policy for a small business


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Creating a secure business network (report and practical implementation) Coursework Assessment Individual Project 60 % Week 10 1,2,3
2 Formulate an IT Compliance Policy for a Small Business and/or Case study evaluating cloud needs for a SME Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 40 % End of Semester 4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Theoretical Aspects of the Course 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Online Practical implementations 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2022-03-21 Cloud Computing Jones & Bartlett Learning
ISBN 9781284233971 ISBN-13 1284233979

Cloud Computing, Second Edition accounts for the many changes to the then-emerging business model and technology paradigm.

Recommended Reading
2020 Cybersecurity Threats, Malware Trends, and Strategies: Learn to mitigate exploits, malware, phishing, and other social engineering Packt Publishing

Recommended Reading
2018-07-26 Information Technology Control and Audit Auerbach Publications
ISBN 1498752284 ISBN-13 9781498752282

The new fifth edition provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of IT governance, controls, auditing applications, systems development, and operations. It is aligned with and suppoing COBIT, filled with exercises, review questions, section summaries, and references for further reading.

Recommended Reading
2018 Networking Essentials Pearson It Certification
ISBN 0789758741 ISBN-13 9780789758743

Thoroughly updated to reflect the CompTIA Network+ N10-007 exam, Networking Essentials, Fifth Edition is a practical, up-to-date, and hands-on guide to the basics of networking. Written from the viewpoint of a working network administrator, it requires absolutely no experience with either network concepts or day-to-day network management. Networking Essentials, Fifth Edition guides readers from an entry-level knowledge in computer networks to advanced concepts in Ethernet and TCP/IP networks; routing protocols and router configuration; local, campus, and wide area network configuration; network security; wireless networking; optical networks; Voice over IP; the network server; and Linux networking. This edition contains additional coverage of switch security, troubleshooting IP networks, authorization and access control, best practices for disaster recovery, network infrastructure configuration and management, data traffic network analysis, network security, and VoIP. It also covers approximately 250 new terms now addressed by CompTIA's N10-007 exam. Clear goals are outlined for each chapter, and every concept is introduced in easy-to-understand language that explains how and why networking technologies are used. Each chapter is packed with real-world examples and practical exercises that reinforce all concepts and guide you through using them to configure, analyze, and fix networks. KEY PEDAGOGICAL FEATURES NET-CHALLENGE SIMULATION SOFTWARE provides hands-on experience with entering router and switch commands, setting up functions, and configuring interfaces and protocols WIRESHARK NETWORK PROTOCOL ANALYZER presents techniques and examples of data traffic analysis throughout PROVEN TOOLS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE LEARNING AND NETWORK+ PREP, including chapter outlines, summaries, and Network+ objectives WORKING EXAMPLES IN EVERY CHAPTER to reinforce key concepts and promote mastery KEY TERM DEFINITIONS, LISTINGS, AND EXTENSIVE GLOSSARY to help you master the language of networking QUESTIONS, PROBLEMS, AND CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS to help you deepen your understanding

Recommended Reading
2022-02-22 Networking Essentials Companion Guide Cisco Press
ISBN 0137660480 ISBN-13 9780137660483

Networking Essentials Companion Guide is the official supplemental textbook for the Networking Essentials course in the Cisco Networking Academy. Networking is at the heart of the digital transformation. The network is essential to many business functions today, including business critical data and operations, cybersecurity, and so much more. A wide variety of career paths rely on the network--so it's important to understand what the network can do, how it operates, and how to protect it. This is a great course for developers, data scientists, cybersecurity specialists, and other professionals looking to broaden their networking domain knowledge. It's also an excellent launching point for students pursuing a wide range of career pathways--from cybersecurity to software development to business and more.

Recommended Reading
2020-07-23 The Ultimate Modern Guide to Cloud Computing
ISBN 9798666050637

This book has the most simplified explanations of Cloud Computing, starting from the understanding of digital transformation enabling technologies to its definition, essential characteristics, service models, deployment models etc. with a very pragmatic approach. It provides the path to digital transformation through the adoption of Cloud Computing to help construct Intelligent Enterprises. Helpful and comprehensive features include Cloud Assessment, Cloud Implementation and effective Cloud Management. It explains the essence of Cloud Service Providers, Cloud Ecosystem, Cloud Architecture, Cloud Adoption and Migration techniques. It guides the required convergence for Cloud Service Management (with IT4IT, ITIL 4 and DevOps), Governance, Skill Optimisation, Data Management, Cloud Process Development and much more modern approaches to create operational excellence with Cloud Computing and generating business values. The majority of the language in this book is straight-forward and non-technical, making it accessible for anybody from any background.Additional features include:Cloud Target Operating Model Cloud Centre of Excellence ITIL 4 in Cloud Service ManagementDigital Service Management (DSM)Cloud SIAM (Service Integration and Management)Cloud Governance FrameworkData GovernanceCloud Data Management EssentialsRecommended Competency DevelopmentExample of Cloud ServicesCloud Policy FrameworkCognitive Service ManagementCognitive Service Management in Digital Workplace"Enam uniquely combines a strong academic background with management and consulting expertise for global leaders. The book is a must-read for all levels of management, including C-level executives and board directors since in essence cloud computing is about strategy: it can create a technology-based competitive advantage for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to large corporations." - Dr Thomas Frankel, Professor and Department Head International University in Geneva; Switzerland

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
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Journal Resources
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