MIT622 Cloud Security and Privacy

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: MIT506 Cloud Computing, MIT508 Cyber Security
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 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, 6 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. Students will need to use Amazon AWS cloud services.

Unit description 

Cloud computing offers organisations a multitude of benefits including cost savings, fast deployment, global access, flexibility in service provisioning and improved business processess. However, there are a variety of information security risks that need to be carefully considered. In this unit, students will learn a broad set of policies, technologies, and security mechanisms deployed to protect data, applications, and the associated infrastructure of cloud computing. Students will analyse the common security risks that an organization may have when it migrates its infrastructure to the cloud. Students will be asked to deal with data residency, data privacy and industry & regulation compliance. Both basic and advanced technologies of cloud security will be introduced in this unit, such as cloud firewall, security group, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), etc.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Analyse the security models in cloud computing.
ULO2 Evaluate and adapt cloud data protection platforms.
ULO3 Investigate and analyse security risks for cloud data storage and cloud-based applications.
ULO4 Critically review cloud security threats, propose protection solutions.
ULO5 Evaluate Cloud security and well-architected design principle in cloud design.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Overview of cloud computing      
2. Cloud security, privacy and trust principles
3. Cloud computing security concepts
4. Cloud security risk management
5. Cloud security requirements
6. Identity and Access Management (IAM) in cloud computing  
7. AWS – Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
8. Availability, recovery, and auditing across data centers
9. Compliance, governance, performance & monitoring
10. Trusted computing technology
11. Advanced security architecture for cloud computing
12. Future direction in cloud security & Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Weekly Lab 10% 11
Assessment 2: Online Quiz 20% 6
Assessment 3: Group Assignment 20% 11
Assessment 4: Final Exam 50% 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.