The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered

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.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse security risks for modern organisation network infrastructures

2. Analyse techniques for exploiting systems in heterogeneous networks to generate attacks

3. Design and/or apply security techniques to mitigate different attacks

4. Evaluate security techniques used to deal with the attacks

5. Discuss and evaluate security concepts


  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

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.