CITS3004 Cybersecurity

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Software Engineering specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
This unit provides an introduction to cybersecurity in the context of computer systems and the networks that connect them. It will start by taking a look at an overview of the cybersecurity issues we are faced today. Then, we look at cryptosystems, which forms the founding blocks of various security mechanisms and approaches. Various cyberattack techniques are presented, and defense mechanisms to mitigate them. We review the security management and software security aspects, as well as emerging security issues. The unit concludes with an overview of the materials covered, summarising the role of cybersecurity in our daily lives.
Students are able to (1) describe current issues and problems of cybersecurity; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the basic security concepts of computers and networks; (3) explain basic security concepts and their applications; (4) implement basic security solutions; and (5) evaluate security design, implementation and security practices.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) final exam. 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
Unit rules
completion of 12 points from the following:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java or
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python or
CITS2002 Systems Programming or
CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms or
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation or equivalent
CITS3002 Networks and Security prior to 2018
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratory work: 2 hours per week
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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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.