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MN502 Potential Threats and Mitigation Tools for Network Attacks Assessment Answer

Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
T3 2020
Unit Code
Unit Title
Overview of Network Security
Assessment Type
Individual Assignment
Assessment Title
Potential threats and mitigation tools for Network attacks (Assignment one)
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping)
Students should be able to demonstrate their achievements in the following unit learning outcome:
  • Analyse and discuss common emerging threats, attacks, mitigation and
countermeasures in networked information systems
Assignment 1a - 5%
Assignment 1b – 10%
Total Marks
Assignment 1a - 20 Marks
Assignment 1b - 40 Marks
Word limit
Assignment 1a 1000 – 1500
Assignment 1b 1000 – 2000
Submission Guidelines
  • Submit Assignment 1a in a word document in week 3
  • Submit a word document that contains the screen shots of the answers to all the questions in Assignment 1b-section 2 along with the answers for questions in Assignment 1b – Section 1 in Week 7.
  • All work must be submitted on Moodle by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.
  • The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 11-pt Calibri
(Body) font and 2.54 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings.

Assignment Description

Assignment 1 is divided into two parts. Part A focuses on the recent attacks and security principles. Part B is about Attack detection and mitigation in Network. Once the first part is marked and constructive feedback is provided, the responses to the comments/feedback has to be tabulated and appended to Assignment 1b that would be submitted in Week 7.

Assume you have an interview for the cybersecurity analyst position with Regal Security Solutions Company. You are supposed to be prepared for the recent network attacks, their types, threats, and mitigation techniques. In this context write a report including the following sections, Part A and Part B:

Part A: Recent Network Attacks and Security Principles20 MARKS In this part of the assignment, select any three of the Network's recent attacks (which happened in the years 2016-2020). Carry out an in-depth literature review about these three attacks. Your discussion must address the following points with proper in-text citations.

  1. Introduce about Network security, Network attacks and their impacts on the society
  2. Discuss of any three Network attacks which happened in the years 2016-2020.
  3. Identify and discuss the main reasons for these select Network attacks being successful.
  4. Report the importance of key terms in information security: asset, threat, threat actor, vulnerability, attack vector, attack surface in the context of these attacks.
  5. Explain the working mechanism of the selected Network attacks.

Part B: Attack detection and mitigation in Network40 MARKS

In this part of the assignment, the students will reflect on the feedback for Part A and discuss how did it help them to accomplish the tasks for assignment Part B. In this part students will write a report discussing the following sections:

  1. Identify potential threats posed by Network attacks.
  2. Conduct a comprehensive and structured survey of existing tools and systems that can support both attackers and network defenders. Case study of at least one recent attack carried out by the Network attacks.
  3. Analyse how the attacks, selected from part A, could be mitigated.
  4. Recommend any two mitigation techniques to tackle the Network attack and discuss the effectiveness of the selected techniques.
  5. Summarise the overall contributions of the report
  6. References in the IEEE style.


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