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CIS134 - Networking Technologies

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March 29, 2020, 10:30 pm


March 29, 2020, 10:30 pm
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Everything that you need to know about this course is on this site.  This includes policies, assignments, quizzes, and much more information. Look around and get to know it well.

This course will also make use of eLearning. Please make sure you visit it regularly.


Course Changes

Due to the coronavirus, life has changed for us all. Courses at Bristol are changing as well. Please make sure to check your BristolCC email as I will be using it for class communication. Also make sure to check eLearning, accessBCC, www.bristolcc.edu and this website on a regular basis. Posted: March 29, 2020.


Network+ Guide to Networks

Eighth Edition
by Jill West, Jean Andrews, and Tamara Dean
Course Technology, Cengage Learning
ISBN-13: 978-1-337-56933-0
ISBN-10: 1-337-56933-X

Please note that I use Cengage texts for CIS134 and CIT150. Cengage Unlimited is a subscription option that could reduce your cost.

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching

For Bristol students, on February 14, 2019 the Microsoft Imagine web store was officially renamed to Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching. Software that was previously available from Microsoft Imagine has been moved and is now available on this new web site. At this time, anyone with a bristolcc.edu email address can sign into MS Azure Dev Tools for Teaching.
An announcement has been posted on the cisweb home page about the new change. In addition, the links on the cisweb software tab have been update. Once there, click on the "Help" button for more instructions for signing into Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching and downloading software.

Microsoft Takedown of Necurs Botnet

In this March 10, 2020 article, Microsoft orchestrates coordinated takedown of Necurs botnet, Catlin Cimpanu reports on how "Microsoft and partners in 35 countries move to bring down Necurs, today's largest malware botnet."

Ten Things to Keep Your Networks Secure

In this February 24, 2020 article, Cybersecurity: Do these ten things to keep your networks secure from hackers Danny Palmer reports on how "European Union cybersecurity agency ENISA has issued advice on ensuring hospital computer networks are protected against cyberattacks."

Facebook Stored User Passwords in Plain Text

An article titled "Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years" from Kerbs on Security begins by saying "Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees — in some cases going back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. "
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Ultimate Guide to VPN Encryption

An article titled OpenVPN vs IKEv2 vs PPTP vs L2TP/IPSec vs SSTP - Ultimate Guide to VPN Encryption Written by Douglas Crawford begins by saying "A Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts all data as it travels between your computer and a VPN server. In this Complete VPN Encryption Guide, we take a detailed look at what encryption is, and how it is used in VPN connections.Perhaps most importantly, we will explain the array of encryption terms used by VPN services"
Click on the link above to read the entire article.

Amazon’s Cloud Computing

Inside Amazon’s Cloud Computing Infrastructure
      By Rich Miller - September 23, 2015

Takes a "look at Amazon’s mighty cloud infrastructure, including how it builds its data centers and where they live (and why).."

Facebook building a 100-gigabit open-source switch

"Facebook is more than doubling the speed of its Wedge open-source network switch, which is good news both for Facebook users and for anyone who may want to build a 100-gigabit switch. The Wedge sits at the top of a rack of servers to connect them to Facebook's network. It was announced in June 2014, and thousands are already deployed in the company. Plus, the social network made the design of the Wedge open source so other manufacturers could build switches like it." By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service - Read More

Take a look. What do you think? Come prepared to discuss.

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