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COMP38412 Cyber Security syllabus 2021-2022

COMP38412 Cyber Security

Level 3
Credits: 10
Enrolled students: pending

Course leader: Ning Zhang

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  • Pre-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP15111
  • Pre-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP28112

Assessment methods

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Themes to which this unit belongs
  • Mobile Computing and Networks


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.


The unit aims to:

Provide students with knowledge and skills to identify cyber threats and practical expertise to apply the knowledge and skills gained to tackle cyber security issues, so as to protect data and distributed systems from cyber attacks.

Study hours

  • Lectures (22 hours)

Reading list

Computer Security: Principles and PracticeWilliam Stallings978-0134794105Pearson8 Aug. 2017
Effective Cybersecurity: A Guide to Using Best Practices and StandardsWilliam Stallings978-0134772806Addison-Wesley7 Nov. 2018
Computer Security: Art and Science | 2nd edition | Pearsonnullnullnullnull