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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Glance
Unit rules
Enrolment in in the
the BP004 Bachelor of Science and the MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science (Software Engineering specialisation)
and completion of 12 points of programming-based units
CITS1003 Introduction to Cybersecurity
and CITS3002 Networks and Security
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
laboratory work: 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.