CITS1003 Introduction to Cybersecurity

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit introduces students to the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity. Starting with an understanding that cybersecurity aims to protect information systems (hardware, software and associated infrastructure), the data on them, and the services they provide, from unauthorised access, harm or misuse. As a fundamental part of this, information security is the preservation of confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.

The unit will cover areas as defined in the Cyber Security Book of Knowledge (CyBoK) as recommended by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). These areas include: (1) Human, Organisational and Human, Organisational and Regulatory Aspects; (2) Attacks and Defences; (3) Security; (4) Software Platform Security; and (5) Infrastructure Security.
Students are able to (1) describe the concepts of cybersecurity and information security as made up by the different domains of knowledge in the unit outline; (2) specify the role of cybersecurity risk management in an overall strategy of providing information security by applying mitigations in the different cybersecurity domains; and (3) define the legal and ethical responsibilities of a cybersecurity professional.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory with quizzes; (2) essay; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Glance
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshop/practicals: 2 hours per week
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