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|
The spectacular growth of the Internet and wireless communication amidst a constantly transforming threat landscape has spawned an increased need for awareness in security techniques. This course unit covers a broad range of security issues in relation to networked environments, ranging from risk assessment, threat modeling, business continuity management, to security policy specifications, from threats and vulnerabilities to practical countermeasures through the ‘kill chain’.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
The course unit covers risk, human factors, and compensating technologies by considering the requirements of cyber and information system security with a systemic view of the development process from the 'Acquisition' through to the 'Disposal' stages.
Apply critical thinking to assess the risk to an information system.
Understand risk, threats, and vulnerabilities in the context of cyber security and those who rely on it.
Evaluate intelligence to create a structured plan to reduce the risk posed by threats to an acceptable level
Translate the treatment of cyber security risk into consistent policy for resilient security management.
Apply a risk-based approach to cyber security testing.
Analyse and identify security vulnerabilities and threats in a networked or distributed system context.
Design and analyse security protocols or solutions for a given security problem or for achieving a given security goal.
Describe, analyse and apply security techniques and technologies learnt in the course unit to solve real-life security problems in practical systems.
Demonstrate your awareness of recent research directions or activities in the area of cyber security.
Information assurance: the need for computer and network security
- Security Breaches
- Mistakes, criminality and cyber terrorism
- System Life cycles
- Propose, direct, monitor
- Trustworthy software
- Human vulnerabilities in computer and network security
Cyber and information security management
- Risk management
- Threats and breaches
- Risk and threat modelling
- Technologies and countermeasures
- Entity identification and authentication
- Access control in computer systems and in networks
- Communication security, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Web security
- Wireless network security
- E-Commerce/cloud computing security
Controls and regulators
- Security Policy
- Secure System Development and Maintenance
- Security Organisation
- Asset Management
- Access Control
- Physical and Environmental Security
- Human factors
- Communications and Operations Management
- Security Incident and Event Management
- Business Continuity Management
- Self preservation
- Kill-chain disruption
- Intrusion prevention
- Intrusion detection
- Cyber and information security management standards
- Laws and regulations
- Audits reviews, and inspection
- Vulnerability scanners
- Penetration testing
- Computer forensics
Teaching and learning methods
40 hours: Lectures and group work.
- Analytical skills
- Group/team working
- Problem solving
- Written communication
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
Via question/answer session during lectures and course works.
COMP61421 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Practical classes & workshops||15|
|Independent study hours|
|Ning Zhang||Unit coordinator|
Course unit materials
Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.