Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject begins with an overview of the Open Systens Interconnection (OSI) architecture and security attacks on system services, and a discussion of different existing security mechanisms. The main focus includes cryptography, system security, network and web security. The students learn: (1) cryptographic algorithms and protocols, underlying network security applications including single-key and public-key encryption methods, hash functions, digital signartures and key exchange; (2) intrusion detection systems and firewalls that can be used to protect a computer system from security threats, such as intruders, viruses, and worm; (3) the use of cryptographic algorithms and security protocols for providing network and internet security in terms of user autheicaiton/identification, IP security and Web security. Students will also learn advanced information security through research papers, including mathematical cryptoanalysis on single-key and public-key encryption algorithms.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Soh

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE2NEF or CSE5NEF And Enrolment in one of the following courses: SMIT, SMITCN, SMICT, SMCSC, SMBBS, SGBBS, SGCS, SGIT, or SMTNE.


Incompatible subjects CSE3NSW

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBen Soh

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Assignment 1 - information security & cryptoanalysis (Approx 350 words)10
Assignment 2 Research in Internet Security (approx 1150 words)Hurdle requirement: In order to pass the subject, students must obtain an overall pass grade in the first insatnce, and obtain at least 50% in both the examination and the assignment components.30
Exam (3 hours)60