INTRODUCTION TO CYBERSECURITY

CSE1ICB

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In the modern Internet era, industries and organisations need to be prepared to defend against cyber threats and attacks. Stakeholders should be familiar with basic principles and best practices of cybersecurity to protect their businesses and personal information. In this subject, these principles and strategies for future cyber security are explored. Key topics include: information security; ethical and legal practices; mitigating cyber vulnerabilities; and the process of incident response and analysis. The subject introduces the broad discipline of cybersecurity and outlines how to ensure the privacy, reliability, confidentiality and integrity of information systems and mitigate against cyber threats and risks.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNaveen Chilamkurti

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCybersecurity EssentialsRecommended2017, Charles J. Brooks, Philip Craig, Donald ShortSYBEX

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe key emerging cybersecurity practices, regulations and standards

Activities:
Lectures and self-directed activities introduce computer security frameworks, which include firewalls, anti-virus programs, and methods of common attacks on the computer systems.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate foundation skills in safeguarding data, systems and networks

Activities:
2-hour lecture on Monitoring and Intrusion detection systems currently in use. Students then emulate these examples and analyze network traffic using monitoring tools in laboratory classes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Compare approaches for cyber risk management used to address real world problems

Activities:
2 x 2 hour lectures cover existing cyber risk management frameworks and how they responses to cyber incidents and reports. Students are given case studies to explore possible solutions in the laboratory classes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

04. Identify approaches to digital forensics, application security and network security in the context of cyberspace

Activities:
3x2 hour lectures discuss digital forensic concepts, application and network security. Students analyze various security threats on-line using security tools in the laboratory classes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

05. Show understanding of data security, web security and cryptography and possible solutions to cyber threats

Activities:
2x2 hour lectures will discuss data security using various data security models focusing on web security and its potential effects on data. Lectures also cover basic introduction to Cryptography in the context of data security. In laboratory classes, students formulate and discuss various possible solutions for data security in teams.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNaveen Chilamkurti

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer Laboratory Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Written Report on current Cybersecurity Practices and standards (equivalent to 500 words)10 01, 02
Report on Risk Management Strategies (equivalent to 500 words)This assignment has two parts: A written 500 word report and a 10 minute oral presentation20 01, 02, 03
Group written submission on a Cybersecurity case study (equivalent to 1000 words per student)20 03, 04, 05
One 2-hour final exam (equivalent to 2000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05