Resource Contrained Network Design and Implementation
NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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The research study, Resource Constrained Network Design and Implementation, was conducted at the United States Naval Academy USNA in order to simulate creating a secure and functional network with constrained resources. This is a problem faced by any administrator trying to maximize the security and functionality of a private network while minimizing the costs involved in the creation and maintenance of a local area network LAN. Computers are utilized for everything from electronic correspondence via e-mail, to multimedia entertainment, to developing simulations and models of complex engineering designs. However computers are far less useful when isolated off of a network. In this modern age, the ability to network computers and other electronic devices is nearly a requirement in all industries. While the ability to network is essential, the network must be designed in a manner providing confidence in the security of the system and the data. The goals of this research study were established in a step-wise foundation, each step relying upon the completion of the previous goal. The goals were 1 Configure the most basic LAN, one comprised of a switch and two nodes and establish communication between the two nodes, 2 Introduce a 3600 series router into the network dividing the two LANs to simulate an internal network LAN, and the external internet and permit communications between the two networks, 3 Create Virtual LANs VLAN and implement their use on the network, 4 Utilize Access Control Lists with rulesets based upon the VLANs, 5 Introduce a PIX 515E firewall into the network to isolate and protect the internal LAN from the simulated internet.
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