An integrated multimedia based platform for teaching network security
International Journal of Computer Science and Network Security (I J C S N S)
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Security Science
Configuring a secure network is of paramount importance to all organizations. Accordingly staff should be appropriately qualified and trained. The Cisco Network Academy Program (CNAP) recently introduced the Cisco Network Academy Associate (CCNA) Security course for college students, university students and practicing professionals. This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to design, configure and manage a secure network. One of the key technologies employed by this course is the Security Device Manager (SDM). However it has been demonstrated that there are significant limitations with SDM. This problem is exacerbated when courses are offered on-line to remotely located students. This paper demonstrates that these problems are addressed when students are provided with an integrated multimedia based platform incorporating SDM and also the State Model Diagram (SMD) method of device configuration and management.