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CPE5006 - Virtual private networks

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader: Asad Khan


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)


Layered structure of networks, security threats in an open network environment, and basic security. Detailed exposition of major tools and protocols used in VPNs, including firewalls, IPSec, Internet Security Association and Key Management Protocol (ISAKMP), Internet Key Exchange (IKE), Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) and Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol (PPTP), Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol (L2TP), Terminal Access Control Access Control System (TACACS), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and SOCKS. Exposition of principles and methodologies for the design and implementation of Intranets and Extranets using VPNs. Techniques for managing security, naming and address services, and performance of a VPN.


At the completion of this unit, students should have an understanding of all major protocols used for VPN and VPN architectures including interaction with firewalls; become aware of major issues in implementing the protocols; posses the knowledge and skills to objectively compare and contrast various VPN protocols (eg. L2TP with IPSec and the platform specific variations); be able to design and implement standard and non-standard VPNs.


Assignments: 60%; Labwork 40%.

Contact hours

4 contact hours per week


Admission to the Master of Network Computing, or equivalent Masters level programs of the Faculty of Information Technology; some programming experience in C, C