Security Operations and Vulnerability Analysis is a unit that is among the core body of knowledge in cyber security where students learn the fundamental operations in cyber security that includes asset identification, access control models and their implementation to safeguard the security of organisations in cyber space. In this unit, students also learn how they can assess the vulnerability of an organisation's hardware, software and communications network. Students will implement hands-on ethical hacking, vulnerability scanning and penetration testing to expose vulnerability points so that they can implement appropriate mitigation and deterrent operations.

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NIT2141 - Digital Forensics and Ethical Hacking

NIT2102 - Cyber Security Essentials

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review cyber security operations and professional practices;  
  2. Analyse the latest cyber security vulnerability analysis and control techniques;  
  3. Adapt modern ethical hacking techniques to expose vulnerabilities; and  
  4. Apply state-of-the-art software and hardware-based solutions to shield vulnerabilities and threat vectors in cyber.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Formative laboratory reports x 10 10%
Test Open book online test 20%
Project Group Project based assessment 30%
Case Study Scenario-based in-class problem solving 40%

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