MSc ACS: Computer Security
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Computer Science|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
IT governance is the framework that takes creative information systems from ideas to successful business tools. It's a toolbox of measures for taking the responsibility to build secure architectures that meet the exacting standards of today's budgets and the regulatory environment. Technology meets leadership meets design meets human factors meets compliance.
This course unit covers the coordination of business decision making for the assurance of information. It concentrates how business responsibilities consider security in strategy, acquisition, performance, conformance, and human behaviour.
Apply analytical techniques to steer a community out of a cyber security incident.
Be able to work in a team to resolve differing viewpoints to create a governance portfolio.
Apply structured governance techniques to acquire IT systems with security built in.
Comprehend the importance of leadership and the balance of decision rights and escalation paths whether that is between people or machines.
Be able to specify a security architecture and evaluate for vulnerabilities.
Be able to identify and select appropriate metrics to monitor the security of an information system.
- Security RACI - Responsibility, Accountability, Consulted and Informed
- Managing investments
- IT and audit working together
- Strategic security
- Risk management
- Information security
- Implementation roadmap
- Security during acquisition
- The business case
- Supplier governance
- Performance of security measures
- Capability assessment
- IT service continuity
- Performance measurement
- Conformance of information systems to security obligations
- Legal and regulatory aspects
- Managing the human behaviour affecting the security of information systems
Teaching and learning methods
70% of contact time will be lectures.
30% of contact time will be group work in the lab.
- Analytical skills
- Group/team working
- Project management
- Oral communication
- Problem solving
- Written communication
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
This is an interactive module with in-class sessions and an on-line discussion board that operates through the week to keep up the pace between contact days.
COMP60721 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.
|Independent study hours|
|Daniel Dresner||Unit coordinator|
Course unit materials
Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.