Cloud computing offers organisations a multitude of potential benefits including cost savings, backup of valuable data, global access and improved business outcomes. 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 controls deployed to protect data, applications, and the associated infrastructure of cloud computing. Students need to identify the majority of security issues that an organization may have when it moves its applications and data to cloud environment. 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, cloud encryption gateway, tokenization of data.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate and adapt cloud data protection platforms,  
  2. Investigate and analyse security risks for cloud data storage and cloud-based applications,  
  3. Critically review cloud security threats, propose protection solutions, and  
  4. Apply appropriate tools to secure cloud services.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Practical test (1 hour) 10%
Assignment A project-based group assignments (3,500 words) 40%
Examination Final examination (3 hours) 50%

Required reading

Developing and Securing the Cloud
Thuraisingham, B. (2013)
CRC Press

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