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.
  6. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


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
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

Lecturer may supply additional/alternative material.

As part of a course

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