CSC306 - Wireless & Mobile Device Security

Outline info
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Subject Title
Wireless & Mobile Device Security

Subject Description
Students explore the evolution of wired networks to wireless networking and its impact on the corporate world.  Using case studies and real-world events, the student discusses risk assessments, threats, and vulnerabilities of wireless networks, as well as the security measures that should be put in place to mitigate breaches. Students will look at the policies and procedures in place and a glimpse ahead at the future of wireless and mobile device security.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Cyber Security Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the evolution of wired to wireless networking.
  2. Analyze wireless LAN design and components and discuss how they relate to a secure infrastructure.
  3. Analyze the current cellular and mobile landscape and the current security threats.
  4. Analyze Wireless LAN topologies and their vulnerabilities.
  5. Examine Wireless LAN security measures, auditing tools and methods of risk assessment.
  6. Evaluate current mobile communication security challenges and security models.
  7. Discuss mobile wireless attacks and remediation including fingerprinting of mobile devices.
  8. Evaluate mobile Malware and application based threats.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Evolution of Data Networks
  • The Evolution of Wired Networking to Wireless Networking
  • The Mobile Revolution
  • Security Threats Overview
  • How WLAN’s Work
  • WLAN and IP Networking Threat and Vulnerability Analysis
  • Basic and Advanced WLAN Security Measures
  • WLAN auditing Tools and Risk Assessment
  • Mobile Security Challenges and Models
  • Mobile Wireless Attacks and Remediation
  • Fingerprinting Mobile Devices
  • Mobile Malware and Application Based Threats
  • What’s Next with Wireless and Mobile Security

Mode of Instruction
This course is delivered online. This course may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts

  Textbook 1
Title Wireless and Mobile Security
Author Jim Doherty
Publisher Jones & Bartlett Learning
ISBN 9781284059274

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Test #1 30%
Assignment #1 20%
Assignment #2 20%
Final Exam*  30%
TOTAL 100%
*Final Exam Format: Paper based – in person to be written at Registering College.

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Approved by: Sharon Estok