The Fundamentals of Cyber Security unit covers the importance of cybersecurity, the most common risks, and how to mitigate them. Students in this unit will learn about cyber security and how it is related to the industry growth. This unit introduces the basic cyber security concepts and the common architectures used as industry standards. Student will have an opportunity to study different types of malware and the potential attack vectors, including viruses and trojans, use network and system tools to manage security issues and maintain the working environment. Latest information technologies related to network security, such as cryptography, used to secure interactions. 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit mastery of skills and knowledge required to support and secure network environments,  
  2. Critically review and analyse cybersecurity architecture and state-of-the-art security technologies,  
  3. Design and implement security system using network and system tools, and  
  4. Evaluate security risks and prepare incident response plan.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Practical test (2 hours) 20%
Assignment Project-based Assignment (2,500 words) 30%
Examination Final examination (3 hours) 50%

Required reading

Introduction to Computer Networks and Cybersecurity 1st ed.
Wu, C.H. & Irwin, J.D. (2013)
CRC Press

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