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This is an archived syllabus from 2016-2017

COMP61421 Cyber Security syllabus 2016-2017

COMP61421 Cyber Security

Level 6
Credits: 15
Enrolled students: 75

Course leader: Ning Zhang


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Requisites

  • Pre-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP61411

Assessment methods

  • 50% Written exam
  • 50% Coursework
Timetable
SemesterEventLocationDayTimeGroup
Sem 1 P2 Lecture 2.19 Tue 09:00 - 17:00 -
Themes to which this unit belongs
  • Security

Overview

This course unit is jointly developed and delivered by Ning Zhang (from the School of Computer Science) and Daniel Dresner (a graduate of Manchester Business School who works with government, industry, and the third sector to secure information systems). Over the period of the module, Daniel and Ning are joined by a cohort of guest lecturers from industry.

Aims

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.

Syllabus

Information assurance: the need for computer and network security

  • Security Breaches
    • Mistakes, criminality and cyber terrorism
  • System Life cycles
    • Plan-do-check-act
    • Propose, direct, monitor
  • Trustworthy software
  • Vulnerabilities
    • Technological
    • 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

  • Protection
    • Security Policy
    • Secure System Development and Maintenance
    • Security Organisation
    • Asset Management
    • Access Control
    • Physical and Environmental Security
    • Human factors
  • Operation
    • Communications and Operations Management
    • Security Incident and Event Management
    • Business Continuity Management
  • Self preservation
    • Kill-chain disruption
    • Intrusion prevention
    • Intrusion detection
    • Recovery
  • Compliance
    • Cyber and information security management standards
    • Laws and regulations
    • Audits reviews, and inspection
    • Vulnerability scanners
    • Penetration testing
    • Computer forensics

Teaching methods

Lectures

40 hours: Lectures and group work.

Feedback methods

Via question/answer session during lectures and course works.

Study hours

  • Assessment written exam (2 hours)
  • Lectures (20 hours)
  • Practical classes & workshops (15 hours)

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Group/team working
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Written communication

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP61421 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.

Reading list

TitleAuthorISBNPublisherYear
Cryptography and network security : principles and practice Stallings, William, author.9781292158587Pearson2017
Security engineering : a guide to building dependable distributed systems Anderson, Ross, 1956-9780470068526Wiley Technology Pub.2008.
The case of the killer robot : stories about the professional, ethical, and societal dimensions of computing.Epstein, Richard G.0471138231Wiley1997.
Building Internet firewalls Zwicky, Elizabeth D.1565928717O'Reilly2000.

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.