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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the principles and practices of defensive cybersecurity, which aims to protect networks and systems from cyberattacks. Students will learn how to identify and analyse threats and vulnerabilities, how to design and implement mitigation strategies and countermeasures, and evaluate and compare their effectiveness in different application contexts. Students will also gain hands-on experience with various tools and techniques for anomaly detection, intrusion prevention, forensic analysis, and system hardening.

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

Students are able to (1) identify and analyse vulnerabilities and potential security threats to information systems and networks in various domains and scenarios; (2) evaluate and compare defensive cybersecurity tools, techniques and methodologies to design and implement mitigation strategies and countermeasures for different types of cyberattacks; (3) analyse and apply different defensive cybersecurity frameworks and standards to various contexts and situations; and (4) assess the effectiveness and efficiency of defensive cybersecurity solutions and practices using appropriate metrics and method.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) lab tests; (2) project; and (3) exam. 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 Jin Hong
Unit rules
Successful completion of
CITS1003 Introduction to Cybersecurity
or CITX1003 Introduction to Cybersecurity
and Successful completion of
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITX1401 Computational Thinking with Python
Contact hours
Lectures 2 hours per week, Workshop/Practicals 2 hours per week
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  • 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.