Prerequisites: MN505 Local Area Network Management
Corequisites: MN502 Overview of Network Security
Credit Points: 20 Credit Points
Level: Year 2, Elective
Workload: Timetabled hours/week: 5 (Lecture = 2 hours, Tute/Lab = 2 hours, PBL = 1 hour)
  Personal Study Hours/week: 7


This is a fourth trimester elective 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 VPN 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.

This subject provides students with the knowledge and advanced professional skills to manage and maintain VPN. It also provides students with the knowledge and skills to deal with both, MPLS and MPLS VPN architectures. Students will also obtain good knowledge and experience in building, implementing and managing VPN architecture and security.

  1. Overview of VPN, characteristics, requirements, topologies, and architecture
  2. Understanding IPsec Components and IPsec VPN Features
  3. IPsec Protocols and Headers
  4. Site-to-Site IPsec VPN Operations
  5. Configuring GRE Tunnels over IPsec
  6. Cisco Easy VPN
  7. VPN Security
  8. MPLS VPN Technology
  9. Device Hardening
  10. Cisco IOS Threat Defence Features
  11. Case Studies


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

  1. Analyse and discuss the significance of VPN for nowadays organisations 
  2. Explain the role of VPN to support the security of businesses and corporations
  3. Develop architectural VPN designs for small, medium and large businesses and corporations
  4. Report on the health of the existing VPN architecture, solution, data, application, technology, etc
  5. Investigate and argue for the appropriate design and solution for different organisations
  6. Analyse and report on the current and future state of the management of VPN infrastructure and its technologies
  7. Define a roadmap process to transform the VPN architecture to support long-term organisations’ goals
  8. Implement a process to support the administration and the management of VPN


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
  TThe standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard