Fundamentals of Cyber Security

    Unit code: NIT5081 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time
    VU Brisbane
    VU Sydney


    The Fundamentals of Cyber Security unit covers the importance of cybersecurity, the most common risks, and how to mitigate them. Students in this unit will learn about cyber security and how it is related to the industry growth. This unit introduces the basic cyber security concepts and the common architectures used as industry standards. Students will have an opportunity to study different types of malware and the potential attack vectors, including viruses, trojans and ransomware; and use network and system tools to manage security issues and maintain a safe working environment. Students will be introduced to contemporary information technologies related to network security, such as cryptography and block chain, to secure interactions.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Critically review and analyse cybersecurity architecture and state-of-the-art security technologies;
    2. Exhibit mastery of skills and knowledge required to support and secure network environments;
    3. Design and implement security system using network and system tools; and
    4. Evaluate security risks and prepare incident response plan.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Laboratory Work
    Grade: 30%
    Lab submissions (10%) and Practical Test (20%)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 30%
    Project-based Assignment
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 40%
    Scenario based in-class problem solving case study

    Required reading

    Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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