Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to techniques that are used by attackers to exploit computer systems and networks. Security attacks such as injection, rootkits and denial of service attacks will be discussed along with the detailed analysis of defending security technologies such as firewalls, host/network-based security tools and signature/anomaly-based security tools.

Students who complete this course will have a good understanding of security technologies that are used for securing systems and networks. Furthermore, students should be able to perform attack detection and security anomaly analysis and manage the security aspect of a network.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify security risks in enterprise network infrastructures

2. Analyse security threats and methods for exploiting systems and networks to generate attacks

3. Apply security mechanisms to mitigate cyber attacks

4. Investigate security technologies used to counteract the attacks


  1. Introduction to course

  2. Risk Management

  3. Software Security Attacks and Mitigation Techniques

  4. Network Security Attacks and Mitigation Techniques

  5. Wireless Network Security Attacks and Mitigation Techniques

  6. Attacks in Virtual/Mobile networks

  7. Penetration Testing

  8. Security Technologies

  9. Advanced Security Technologies

  10. Best Practices for Building Secure Systems and Networks

Assumed knowledge

INFT2031 Systems and Network Administration or COMP2240 Operating Systems or ELEC2720 Introduction to Embedded Computing.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Formal Examination: Final Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain 40% in the final exam to pass the course.

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 3


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

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