Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-08-07 05:58:02


Computer Information Systems

Honors Course

CPSC 498

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2023


This report details a network penetration test in a simulated environment using GNS3, focusing on the configuration of routers, switches, and hosts. The project successfully identified and exploited network vulnerabilities, including FTP access, misconfigured sudo permissions, and SMB protocol weaknesses. The penetration testing process utilized tools like fping and nmap for reconnaissance and vulnerability scanning, revealing the importance of device configurations in network security. The project concluded with mitigation strategies, emphasizing the need for secure access, robust password policies, and security controls. The experience underscored the significance of continuous learning and adaptation in the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity. The project demonstrated the value of regular penetration testing in identifying and addressing network vulnerabilities, reinforcing the importance of proactive security measures in an enterprise environment.

Research Sponsor

Dr. John Nicholas

First Reader

Janet Kropff

Second Reader

Sarah Hoge

Honors Faculty Advisor

Sarah Hoge

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