Using network packet generators and snort rules for teaching denial of service attacks

Zouheir Trabelsi, Latifa Alketbi

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Abstract

Teaching ethical hacking techniques is fundamental to security education and allows students to better understand the ways in which computer and network systems fail. This paper discusses the implementation of comprehensive offensive hands-on lab exercises about four common Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. Moreover, the paper discusses the implementation of a defense technique against the DoS attacks using Snort tool, as an intrusion detection system. The impact of offering the exercises on the student performance in terms of achieving the course outcomes is also discussed. Although a significant improvement in the student performance has been observed, a major ethical concern has been identified when teaching ethical hacking techniques. As a consequence, the paper lists a number of steps that should be taken by schools and educators to reduce the liability of teaching ethical hacking techniques in information security curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE 2013 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Pages285-290
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event18th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2013 - Canterbury, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 1 2013Jul 3 2013

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
ISSN (Print)1942-647X

Other

Other18th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCanterbury
Period7/1/137/3/13

Keywords

  • Course outcomes assessment
  • DoS attacks
  • Ethical concern
  • Ethical hacking
  • Information security curriculum
  • School liability
  • Snort rules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Education

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