Cyber Security Essentials

    Unit code: NIT2102 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time
    VU Brisbane
    VU Sydney
    NIT1104 - Computer Networks
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit investigates processes of security at local and network levels, including security policies and practices, software, hardware and human issues. Content includes: physical and system security; cryptosystems; authentication and authorization; firewalls and port security; secure web protocols (https, ssh) and encrypted tunnelling; intrusion detection and system hardening; security in Virtual Private Networks (VPN). The unit envisages to raise consciousness among the students about their ethical responsibility & privacy; and teach how to employ hacking techniques in an ethical manner.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Investigate a system for security vulnerabilities by managing and using system security and logging tool;
    2. Identify strengths and weaknesses in security products and apply security tools to strengthen a networked system;
    3. Analyse a system for deploying appropriate security solutions including security policies and practices;
    4. Design and implement a security solution given a set of constraints; and
    5. Exhibit hacking methodologies in consideration of ethical and professional standards.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Laboratory Work
    Grade: 20%
    Practical Lab Work
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Individual Assignment (solving practical problems)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 40%
    Written Test

    Required reading

    Lecturer may supply additional/alternative material.

    As part of a course

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