Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Unit Code BN305 – T2 2018
Unit Title Virtual Private Networks
Assessment Type Individual Assignment
Assessment Title Assignment 1 – SSL VPN Technologies
Purpose of the
assessment (with
ULO Mapping)
The purpose of this assignment is to review existing literatures on important
VPN technologies and issues and write a report. The report must be specific
to the given topics, use appropriate examples and detail of the topic given to
develop a review paper. In preparing the assignment, students should acquire
not only the knowledge of current technical aspects of VPN but also research,
data collection, analysis and writing skills. Students should be able to
demonstrate their achievements in the following unit learning outcomes:
a. Explain the significance of VPN for contemporary organisations
b. Discuss the role of VPN to support the security of businesses
Weight 15% of the total assessments
Total Marks 100
Word limit 1500 words max
Due Date Friday, 31st Aug, 2018, 11:55 PM. (Week 7)
Submission
Guidelines
 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 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate
section headings.
 Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report and listed
appropriately at the end in a reference list using IEEE referencing style.
Extension If an extension of time to submit work is required, a Special Consideration
Application must be submitted directly through AMS. You must submit this
application within three working days of the assessment due date. Further
information is available at:
http://www.mit.edu.au/about-mit/institute-publications/policiesprocedures-and-guidelines/specialconsiderationdeferment
Academic
Misconduct
Academic Misconduct is a serious offence. Depending on the seriousness
of the case, penalties can vary from a written warning or zero marks to
exclusion from the course or rescinding the degree. Students should make
themselves familiar with the full policy and procedure available at:
http://www.mit.edu.au/about-mit/institute-publications/policiesprocedures-and-guidelines/Plagiarism-Academic-Misconduct-PolicyProcedure.
For further information, please refer to the Academic Integrity
Section in your Unit Description.
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Assignment Questions:
Objective: Your tasks are to analyse and to write a report about the processes and the security
technologies being used when you access any website (which uses HTTPS) online via a web
browser. It is a well-known fact that the Internet is a public network and every single message you
exchange with the server can potentially be intercepted by attackers. You need to analyse in detail
what technologies and techniques are used to prevent attackers from modifying the
communication between you and web server and what keeps your passwords and other details
safe.
You are required to address the following topics and task in details in your report:
Authentication
1. Analyse and write report on how the browser ensures that it is communicating to the right
server. Please visit a website and add screenshots also highlighting the related part.
2. Describe how digital signatures work and what is role in authentication process, add the
relevant screenshot from your web browser showing the details of signature.
3. Analyse and write report on how the server make sure that it is communicating to the right
client, discuss several methods; e.g. if you are using MIT Moodle, how the server verifies that
it’s actually YOU?
Confidentiality and Integrity
1. Analyse and write a report on how the confidentiality and integrity is achieved in SSL
communication, and how server & client agree on one cipher suit?
2. Explain what the role of symmetric encryption and hash algorithms in SSL communication is.
Add screenshots from your browser showing symmetric encryption and hash details.
Anti-Replay
1. Analyse and write a report on how the anti-replay attacks are mitigated in SSL
communication.
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Instructions
1. To enhance your understanding of the technology in this report you are required to describe
how the technology works theoretically, as well as you need to perform some small practical
activities and include the screenshots and the descriptions of them. The questions are
organized in the logical order, however to make them easy to distinguish, the analytical
questions are presented in blue and the practical questions are presented in green.
2. Include cover page with the subject name, the assignment name, the student name and ID,
submission date.
3. Include table of contents.
4. Include table of figures.
5. Ensure that all the figures are numbered and names. You have to refer to the figures you
add in the contexts.
6. Strictly follow the IEEE reference format for in-body citations and the references section.
7. You can use trustable online resources and documentations from well-known technology
companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper and etc.
8. No plagiarism is allowed.
9. There are no limitations to the minimum and maximum word counts included in this
assignment. However, it is expected that the report is correct, it is written to the point and
using the right technical terminologies.
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Marking Criteria:
Questions Description Marks
Formatting Cover page, fonts, sizes, spacing, captions, headings. 3
Table of Contents
and Table of
Figures
Table of Contents and Table of Figures. 2
Introduction Outline of the report and specify the scope of your report. 10
Authentication Students need to complete theoretical and practical tasks outlined in
the assignment description.
30
Confidentiality and
Integrity Processes
Students need to complete theoretical and practical tasks outlined in
the assignment description.
30
Protection against
Replay Attacks
Students need to complete to complete theoretical tasks outlined in
the assignment description.
10
Conclusion Write summary of the report. 10
References Follow IEEE reference style and use references from trustworthy
sources.
5
Total 100
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Marking Rubric
Sections Excellent Good Fair Poor
Formatting Completely
follows the
formatting
instructions
Mostly follows
formatting
Acceptably following
the instructions
Clearly lacks
formatting
instructions
Table of contents Highly appropriate
names for
chapters and
figures
Appropriate
names for
chapters and
figures.
Acceptably
appropriate names for
chapters and figures.
Misses names of
chapters and
figures
Introduction Highly appropriate
and clear
Appropriate and
clear
Appropriate but
contains ambiguities
Not valid and
not appropriate
Authentication All elements are
present and highly
valid
All elements are
present and valid
Either some of the
elements are missed or
a few of the elements
are invalid.
Lacks elements
and generally
invalid
Confidentiality
and Integrity
All elements are
present and highly
valid
All elements are
present and valid
Either some of the
elements are missed or
a few of the elements
are invalid.
Lacks elements
and generally
invalid
Anti-replay
Attacks
All elements are
present and highly
valid
All elements are
present and valid
Either some of the
elements are missed or
a few of the elements
are invalid.
Lacks elements
and generally
invalid
Conclusion Highly appropriate
and clear
Appropriate and
clear
Appropriate but
contains ambiguities
Not valid and
not appropriate
References Clear styles with
excellent source of
references.
Clear referencing/
style
Outdated referencing /
minor styling errors
Lacks
consistency with
many errors