MIT602 Network Security   

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: MIT504 Networking,MIT508 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.

Unit description 

Students will gain an advanced level of knowledge and skills of Network Security which includes Malware and Social Engineering, Advanced Cryptography, public-key cryptography, Network Server Attacks and Defences, Client and Application Security, Wireless Network Security, 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.   

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Demonstrate why networks are vulnerable to abuse and destructions.
ULO2 Develop and gain an advanced level of Cryptography understanding.
ULO3 Analyse common threats, attacks, mitigation of network systems.
ULO4 Explain the major methodologies to secure network systems.
ULO5 Analyse and discuss common authentication and access management.
ULO6 Evaluate and explore the vulnerability and risk mitigation.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to Network Security   
2. Malware and Social Engineering
3. Basic Cryptography
4. Advanced Cryptography I
5. Advanced Cryptography II
6. Networking and Server Attack  
7. Network Security Devices, Design and Technology
8. Wireless Network Security  
9. Client and Application Security
10. Authentication and Account Management
11. Access Management
12. Vulnerability and Risk Mitigation & Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Weekly Lab 20% Weekly
Assessment 2: Mid-Semester Exam 10% Mid-semester week
Assessment 3: Individual Report 10% 8
Assessment 4: Group Project 20% 12
Assessment 5: Final Exam 40% 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.