MIT624 Advanced Cyber Security

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: 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 to carry out lab exercises and assignments. Students will need Wireshark and Kali Linux to carry out the labs.

Unit description 

This unit will provide a comprehensive study of various advanced cyber security threats, vulnerabilities and attacks that are faced by Information Technology (IT) professionals in modern society. Students will identify and analyse various solutions available to protect modern day computer systems. Security for Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) will be discussed in detail in this unit. Students will also learn practical techniques to achieve information security by performing various attacks and their corresponding solutions in a lab environment.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Demonstrate understanding of the advanced principles of Cyber Security.
ULO2 Discuss various attacks and threats present in modern computer systems including Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing and Software-Defined Networking (SDN).
ULO3 Develop practical knowledge of various tools, technologies and techniques that are currently used to ensure the security of computer systems.
ULO4 Analyze various security vulnerabilities and evaluate different solutions to mitigate them.
ULO5 Apply the advanced concepts and principles of cyber security to system design.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to Cyber Security  
2. Operating System Security
3. Software Security
4. Network Security
5. Database Security
6. Cryptography
7. Access Control Mechanisms
8. Firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems
9. Security in Cloud Computing
10. Security in Internet of Things (IoT)
11. Security in Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
12. Security in Wireless Networks and Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 11
Assessment 2: Online Quiz 10% 7
Assessment 3: Individual Lab 20% 10
Assessment 4: Individual Report 30% 12
Assessment 5: Final Exam 30% 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.