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IT Infrastructure & Security - Winter/Spring 2018

Notes:

See BlackBoard for all due dates...

Points & Critique for last semester are posted. This semester's will be similarly assigned.

Topics:

Introductory:

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 roughly divided into 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. In 2017 we're seeing these technologies virtualized and hyperconverged...

Computers:

Platforms: Hardware, Software, Dependence, Independence, Cross, 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.


G Saunders,
Dept of Information Systems
VCU School of Business

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