Unit of competency details

ICTNWK608 - Configure network devices for a secure network infrastructure (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to ICANWK608A - Configure network devices for a secure network infrastructureUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. 24/Mar/2015
Is superseded by and equivalent to ICTNWK621 - Configure network devices for a secure network infrastructure 20/Jul/2020

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Mar/2015


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 020113 Networks And Communications  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 020113 Networks And Communications  30/Jul/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History



Release 1

This version first released with ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package Version 1.0.


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use software tools, equipment and protocols to configure network devices in the design of the infrastructure of a secure network.

It applies to individuals with advanced information and communications technology (ICT) skills who adapt router and switch operating system capabilities to mitigate attacks.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector


Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Implement layer 2 security

1.1 Configure using router operating system (OS) commands to mitigate layer 2 attacks

1.2 Implement identity-based networking services (IBNS) on switches to provide layer 2 security

1.3 Implement identity management using access control system (ACS) as the authentication server

2. Configure router OS intrusion prevention system (OS-IPS) to mitigate threats to network resources

2.1 Evaluate the advanced capabilities of router OS-IPS firewall feature set to include event action processing (EAP) for threats to network resources

2.2 Configure and verify IPS features to identify threats and dynamically block them from entering the network

2.3 Maintain, update and tune the IPS signatures

2.4 Configure and verify context-based access control (CBAC) and network address translation (NAT) to dynamically mitigate identified threats to the network

2.5 Configure and verify zone-based firewall (ZFW) to include advanced application inspections and uniform resource locator (URL) filtering for improved network security

3. Configure virtual private networks (VPNs) to provide secure connectivity for site-to-site and remote access communications

3.1 Analyse and evaluate internet protocol security (IPSec) and generic routing encapsulation (IPSec/GRE) features and functionality

3.2 Configure secure connectivity for site-to-site VPN using certificate authorities

3.3 Analyse dynamic multipoint VPN (DMVPN) features and capabilities

3.4 Configure and verify secure connectivity for site-to-site VPN operations

3.5 Provide highly secure network access with secure socket layer (SSL) VPN to deliver remote access connectivity features and benefits

3.6 Evaluate EasyVPN benefits and configure EasyVPN server with dynamic virtual tunnel interface (DVTI) to create a virtual access interface on the virtual tunnel interface

3.7 Configure and verify EasyVPN remote to establish a site-to-site connection using both router and VPN software clients

3.8 Implement group-encrypted transport (GET) VPN features to simplify the provisioning and management of VPN

4. Implement network foundation protection (NFP)

4.1 Evaluate NFP features and functionality to provide infrastructure protection

4.2 Secure the management plane, the data plane and the control plane using OS features of the router

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.


Performance Criteria 



2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6, 4.1

  • Organises, evaluates and critiques ideas and information from a range of complex texts
  • Draws on a broad range of strategies to build and maintain understanding throughout complex texts


1.1-1.3, 2.2-2.5, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7

  • Generates complex written texts, demonstrating control over a broad range of writing styles and purposes
  • Writes and edits computer code and technical data ensuring correct syntax and accuracy


2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 3.4, 3.7

  • Selects from, and flexibly applies, a wide range of highly developed mathematical and problem solving strategies and techniques in a broad range of contexts

Get the work done

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1, 4.2

  • Plans strategic priorities and outcomes within a flexible, efficient and effective context in a diverse environment exposed to competing demands
  • Demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of principles, concepts, language and practices associated with the digital world and uses these to troubleshoot and understand the uses and potential of new technology
  • Uses a broad range of strategies to store, access and organise virtual information recognising that design choices will influence what information is retrieved and how it may be interpreted and used
  • Explores and incubates new and innovative ideas through unconstrained analysis and critical thinking

Unit Mapping Information

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Equivalence status 

ICTNWK608 Configure network devices for a secure network infrastructure

ICANWK608A Configure network devices for a secure network infrastructure

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages

Equivalent unit


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a53af4e4-b400-484e-b778-71c9e9d6aff2


Assessment requirements