MEng Computer Systems Engineering
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Computer Science|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course will provide an introduction to cyber security concepts, components, threats landscape and procedures as well as countermeasures, defences and challenges in tackling cyber threats. It will discuss systematic approaches to the identification and classification of system vulnerabilities, threats and attacks in the context. It will describe cryptographic methods and protocols, which are used to protect data, applications and systems. It will introduce cyber security solutions and defence measures, such as user identity, privilege and trust management, enterprise network defence and wireless security standards, application level security packages and software security issues and best practices.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Fundamentals of Computer Architecture||COMP15111||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
This Course Unit introduces students to the landscape of cyber security and knowledge and skills to identify and address cyber threats at multiple levels. Particular attention is focussed on exploring security methods, protocols and other techniques to protect data and networked and distributed systems against cyber threats.
ILO1: Analyse, identify and classify vulnerabilities and security threats and attacks in a given setting.
ILO2: Describe and design system security solutions such as those for user identity, access and trust managements.
ILO3: Describe and design network security solutions such as those for protecting networked systems and devices.
ILO4: Describe, design and apply application security solutions such as those for protecting Internet-based services.
ILO5: Analyse, identify and describe software security issues, countermeasures and best practices.
Introduction to Cybersecurity
Notion of Cybersecurity and domains, security threat analysis and classifications, Cybersecurity framework
Cryptographic Tools and Protocols
Confidentiality with symmetric encryption, message authentication and hash functions, public-key encryption, digital signatures, key management, security protocol design
Identity and Privilege Management
User identification and authentication, single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, access control mechanisms
Network and Distributed System Security
Enterprise network security, web security, email security, e-transaction security, Cloud and IoT security
Malicious software, software vulnerabilities and exploitations, countermeasures and best proactices.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and workshops: 22 in total, 2 per week
Coursework: there will be one coursework involving research and problem solving.
- Analytical skills
- Problem solving
Face to face feedback and coursework marking
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Ning Zhang||Unit coordinator|