Security Operations and Vulnerability Analysis

Unit code: NIT3141 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney
NIT2141 - Digital Forensics and Ethical Hacking
NIT2102 - Cyber Security Essentials
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Security Operations and Vulnerability Analysis is a unit that is among the core body of knowledge in cyber security where students learn the fundamental operations in cyber security that includes asset identification, access control models and their implementation to safeguard the security of organisations in cyber space. In this unit, students also learn how they can assess the vulnerability of an organisation’s hardware, software and communications network. Students will implement hands-on ethical hacking, vulnerability scanning and penetration testing to expose vulnerability points so that they can implement appropriate mitigation and deterrent operations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically review cyber security operations and professional practices;
  2. Analyse the latest cyber security vulnerability analysis and control techniques;
  3. Adapt modern ethical hacking techniques to expose vulnerabilities; and
  4. Apply state-of-the-art software and hardware-based solutions to shield vulnerabilities and threat vectors in cyber.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 10%
Formative laboratory reports x 10
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Open book online test
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 30%
Group Project based assessment
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Scenario-based in-class problem solving

Required reading

Reading materials will be made available via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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