Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Organisations need to ensure that their operations are compliant with relevant security standards and industry practices. This course provides students with an advanced knowledge in security standards and best practices in information security, information security management, risk management and security evaluation criteria in industry sectors. The course also introduces legal aspects associated with privacy and data breaches. Students undertake directed learning to perform critical analysis for the application of security standards and best practices.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse and evaluate security risks and security requirements in organisations

2. Evaluate important security standards and best practices in security management for businesses

3. Design strategies and methods for the evaluation and implementation of information security management standard in organisations

4. Analyse and evaluate security standards in the Finance and Healthcare industry

5. Analyse and evaluate compliance requirements with respect to certain privacy and data breach legal considerations

6. Discuss the concept of security assurance


  1. Course Overview 
  2. Information Security Management
  3. Information Security Management Standards: ISO 27000 Series – Information Security Standards
  4. Security Policy and Controls: ISO 27000 Series
  5. Risk Management: ISO 27000 Series
  6. Legal and Regulatory Issues: ISO 27000 Series
  7. Security Evaluation Criteria
  8. Finance: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
  9. Advanced Security in Electronic Patient Health Records
  10. Legal Aspects of Information Security
  11. Security Assurance


This course has similarities to COMP3600. If you have successfully completed COMP3600 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

COMP6500 Security Attacks: Analysis and Mitigation Strategies or equivalent

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



Face to Face On Campus 38 hour(s) per Term Full Term

2 hours Lecture per week, full term plus an additional 2 hours per fortnight, full term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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