BIT306 Network Security

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 3, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: BIT102 Networking, BIT202 Cyber Security
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 12 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 8 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements:  Students will need access to lab computers or will need their own laptops in order to carry out lab exercises and assignments.

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Unit description 

Students will gain a comprehensive overview and knowledge of the field of Network Security which includes Malware and Social Engineering, Advanced Cryptography, public-key cryptography, Network Server Attacks and Defences, Authentication and Account Management, Vulnerability and Risk Management. This unit explores the concepts and specialised applications of network security and the risks associated with them. There are some activities designed to develop students’ abilities to protect network data and respond and recover from security incidents.   

Unit Outline Outcomes (ULO)

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:  
ULO1 Discuss the main security issues and emerging trends of Network Security.  
ULO2 Describe and demonstrate basic understanding level of Cryptography.  
ULO3 Analyse common threats, attacks, mitigation of network systems.  
ULO4 Explain the major methodologies to secure network systems.  
ULO5 Design and implement common authentication and access management.  
ULO6 Evaluate and explore the vulnerability and risk mitigation.             

Topics to be included  

1. Introduction to Security
2. Threat Management and Cyber Security Resources
3. Threat and Attacks on Endpoints
4. Endpoint and Application Development Security
5. Basic Cryptography
6. Public Key Infrastructure and Cryptographic Protocols
7. Networking Threats, Assessment and Defences
8. Network Security Appliances and Technologies
9. Cloud and Virtualization Security
10. Authentication
11. Cybersecurity Resilience 
12. Risk Management & Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Mid-Semester Exam 10% Mid-semester week
Assessment 2: Group Assignment 1 15% 8
Assessment 3: Individual Assignment 2 20% 12
Assessment 4: Laboratory (10 Labs) 10% Weekly
Assessment 5: Final Exam 45% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.