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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Computer Science; International Cybersecurity; Computing and Data Science; Artificial Intelligence; Cybersecurity; Software Engineering; Quantum Computing major sequences
  • Level 1 elective

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) project; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Glance
Unit rules
CITS3004 Cybersecurity
Contact hours
Lectures: 2-hours per week
Workshop/Practicals: 2-hours per week
Unit will be changed from Semester 2 to Semester 1 from 2022 onwards
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.