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Network security
Network security

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify some of the factors driving the need for network security

  • identify and classify particular examples of attacks

  • define the terms vulnerability, threat and attack

  • identify physical points of vulnerability in simple networks

  • compare and contrast symmetric and asymmetric encryption systems and their vulnerability to attack, and explain the characteristics of hybrid systems.