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COMP4618: Applied Cybersecurity

2024 unit information

Digital technologies permeate every part of our lives. The internet has created a more open society, allowing us to create, share and access information and knowledge freely. As more of the services we rely on are digitised and available to use over the web, the more our identity, productivity, access to information, connectivity, social connections and financial well-being depends on information security. Consequently, a deep understanding of both offensive and defensive security techniques is fast becoming essential knowledge for a career in computing. This course will provide in-depth knowledge of offensive security that will prepare the student for work in any technical field where they will are responsible for the development or maintenance of sensitive systems. The course begins by introducing the basic tools used by hackers, before highlighting the common weaknesses- and mitigations- for various levels of the technology stack, such as web applications, operating systems and corporate networks. Finally, students are provided practical insights into careers in information security in the areas of attack detection, prevention and defence. Students will develop the skills necessary to both gain access to test computers and to defend test networks from attack.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Computer Science

Code COMP4618
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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Enrolment in a thesis unit. INFO4001 or INFO4911 or INFO4991 or INFO4992 or AMME4111 or BMET4111 or CHNG4811 or CIVL4022 or ELEC4712 or COMP4103 or SOFT4103 or DATA4103 or ISYS4103
Prohibitions:
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COMP5618
Assumed knowledge:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. present and discuss a security incident with security experts
  • LO2. understand security measures to defend against malicious technical attacks leveled against connected systems
  • LO3. understand the implementation of infrastructure to detect and defend against network-based attacks
  • LO4. research information on security issues from the literature, and analyse a security incident use case
  • LO5. demonstrate practical knowledge of penetration testing via hands-on experience with standard industry tools
  • LO6. understand audit trails and identify where those should be implemented for use in incident response
  • LO7. understand the software infrastructure for modern web-based, mobile, and cloud-hosted applications
  • LO8. demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal aspects of IT security and data privacy
  • LO9. recognise and resolve weaknesses in commonly-used systems.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2023
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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