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IT Infrastructure & Security - Winter/Spring 2018

Notes:

(2/8) Quiz #1 was slipped back to Thursday the 15th. Those present were unaninous for moving it back, none said no... 'Seven Functions of Modern Operating Systems' and 'Range of Platforms' will count for at least several points on the quiz...

Prior notes have been moved to Prior Notes...

Topics:

Introductory:

(1/16) Syllabus, Provost's Policies, Classroom Behavior &c, No Wandering Out and Back Into Class, Quiz & Makeup Policy...

First Three Topics:

Info Tech Infrastructure, in recent tradition, is in three major technologies: Computers, Networks, and Storage. The course starts with these major topics. For a few decades, we've seen these as separate boxes built by companies like IBM, Cisco, or Seagate. After 2015 or so, we've seen these technologies virtualized and hyperconverged a few ways, including an ARM64 SOC released in 2017 that does it all...

Computers:

(1/16...) Platforms: Hardware, Software, Dependence, Independence, Cross-Platform, Scalability; VARs, Vertical Markets, CPUs; Operating Systems: FOSS & Proprietary; 7 Modern OS Functions; Range of Hardware Platforms: Embedded through Super (Study Questions)

Networks:

Definitions; Sketch Internet & Ethernet; Visualizing & Securing Network Traffic; Setup a LAMP Stack; Infrastructure & Regulation, Management; Data Centers & IX; LANs; Network Management and Security Tools; Visualizing Traffic: Internet, LAN, WiFi Analysis, RF Spectrum, Firewall & its Logs, Packet Sniffing, Port Scanning; Networks Surveyed by Name, Size, & Technology; PSTN, Ethernet, Internet, VPN, Real Private Networks; The Ground... (Study Questions)



Storage:

Current Storage Tech: HDD, SSD, Flash, Hyperconverged, Cloud, &c; EDP History: Cards, Tape through SSD; HDD Geometry and Management: CHS vs. LBA, Slack Space, Fragmentation, &c; SSD & Flash vs. HDD; Attachment: DAS, NAS, SAN, NFS, The Cloud; Transaction Logging & Backup... (Study Questions)

Security & Professional Standards

Continuing security issues; Pillars of Information Security: CIAAN; Protection; EDI; Threat vectors; Professional Standards: COBIT, ITIL, GES, SOX, PCI, HIPAA, &c... (Study Questions)

Data Representations

Binary, Decimal, Hex; Data Types and Representations; Character Encoding Standards... (Study Questions)

Data Centers

Data Center Fundamentals; Tradeoffs: Onsite vs. Data Center, Mainframe vs. Server Farms...



Software

4 or 5 Generations of Programming Languages; Types of Software: Malware, Security, Version Control & Divers Others...

Data Structures & Algorithms

Watch this spot...

Projects:

LAN Project:

Memo From the Boss, Visio demo, Intro to Networking, DMZ Firewall, Rack Diagram, Office Floorplan with Network Drops, Read and Follow Directions, Prep Purchase Orders & Summaries of up-front purchases and recurring costs. (Due at the beginning of class Oct 24th 19th.)

Tech Market Brief & Hands on Linux:

Working server-side with linux command line and the vi editor. Develop an outline for a brief on an approved topic about the IT marketplace, suitable for a blog or portfolio at LinkedIn. Publish the brief as a mobile-friendly website, responsive, standards-compliant, a clear example of semantic markup that fits the outline.


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Dept of Information Systems
VCU School of Business

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