Prerequisites: MN502 Overview of Network Security 
Corequisites: MN503 Overview of Internetworking
Credit Points: 20 Credit Points
Level: Year 2, Core
Workload: Timetabled hours/week: 5 (Lecture = 2 hours, Tute/Lab = 2 hours, PBL (Problem based learning) =1 hour) 
  Personal Study Hours/week: 7


This is a third trimester core unit out of a total of 12 units in the Master of Networking (MNet). This unit addresses the MNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in wireless network security and applying critical skills in networking equipment such as routers, switches and servers. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/master-networking.

In this unit, students gain in depth knowledge of wireless network communication technology and security issues.  Students learn how to configure Cisco wireless routers for local and remote workers. They will gain skill in securing wireless networks. The content of this unit will cover the following areas:

  • General overview of wireless communication  architecture
  • Different types of wireless networks and protocols
  • Architecture details.
  • Protocols used by those networks.
  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Possible attacks.
  • Mitigation technique.
  • Cisco wireless LAN security
  • Wireless LAN component
  • WLAN Basic architecture and privacy method
  • Cisco routers Encryption and Data Integrity Protocols
  • Implementation and management of  WLAN security
  • Design consideration, Deployment issues


At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate deep understanding of wireless architecture and security vulnerabilities using examples and appropriate explanations.
  2. Design, build, protect and manage WPAN and WLAN which demonstrates in-depth practical knowledge.
  3. Analyse needs, and appropriately design a secure WLAN. 
  4. Design secure WLAN utilising techniques to mitigate possible attacks for organizations.
  5. Install, configure and securely maintain WLAN Controllers (WLCs) and Bluetooth devices for an organisation by analysing the needs of the network.
  6. Demonstrate practical knowledge of wireless communication by configuring and implementing a wireless router.
  7. Solve complex problems in secure wireless network designs.
  8. Provide appropriate designs, and actively manage and administrate secure enterprise wireless networks.
  9. Act as a facilitator for teams to implement secure wireless networks.


MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving  Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding Extent covered
                                The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
  The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard