Information is an asset to all individuals and businesses. Information Security refers to the protection of these assets in order to achieve confidentiality, integrity and availability. Security is critical to IT applications and business success. This unit discusses the concept and specialised applications of information security. Topics covered include cryptography fundamentals, computer security, network security, data security, web security, e-business security, social issues of security and implementation. This unit provides students with advanced knowledge and skills for IT security industry.

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NIT5110 - Networking Systems

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review cryptographic algorithms such as DES, RSA and security standards;  
  2. Survey and investigate specific security issues in networked computing environments;  
  3. Analyse the security of computer systems, networks, databases, websites and e-business;  
  4. Propose advanced solutions to prevent hacking, impersonation, forging; and  
  5. Design and implement protocols to protect networks against hacking.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Class project with detailed specifications (3000 words) 20%
Test Two tests (10%, one hour each)-Short questions 20%
Examination Final Exam (3 hours) 60%

Required reading

Cryptography and network security: principles and practices 6th ed.
Stallings, W., (2014)
Prentice Hall

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