Cloud Security

Unit code: NIT5082 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney


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 introduced to data residency, data privacy and Industry & Regulation Compliance. Students will deal with both basic and advanced technologies related to cloud security, such as identity and access management, virtual private cloud, operational auditing and risk auditing of cloud accounts, and cloud firewall.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Implement data/service security features, such as encryption, data integrity, security groups, enabling inbound and outbound filtering, and identity access management;
  2. Critically review cloud security threats and propose protection solutions;
  3. Implement logically isolated sections and virtual networking environments, as well as virtual storage services; and
  4. Evaluate and adapt governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing cloud technologies.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 40%
In class Lab submissions x 10 (20%) and a lab exercise implementing a practical scenario (20%)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Tests - short answer questions to test theoretical knowledge
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
In class scenario-based assignment

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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