Not currently offered

Course handbook


An explosion of computer and internet technologies has created new threats that affect all sectors of society, from governments and business to social networks. Consequently, IT security awareness and management has become an integral part of all areas of life. In managing modern business, it is necessary to both assess security needs and evaluate the cost of providing or not providing security.

This course provides an introduction to the dynamic area of IT Security and its relationship to business and society. Topics include cryptography, network and system security, with special attention paid to usable security.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 3 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand a variety of IT security attacks, mechanisms and services

2. Apply fundamental technical skills to assess security threats, vulnerabilities and risks

3. Apply the necessary skills for bridging the gap between managers and technical personnel to enable efficient communication and decision making


This course covers topics of IT security including:

  1. Security attacks, mechanisms and services
  2. Fundamentals of cryptography and authentication
  3. Network and wireless network security
  4. System security: malware, intruders, firewalls
  5. Usable security

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz 1

Quiz: Quiz 2

Presentation: Presentation

Report: Report