CITS3004 Cybersecurity

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Software Engineering specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 complementary unit in the Computer Science; Data Science major sequences
  • 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 Jin Hong
Unit rules
completion of 12 points of the following: CITS1001 Object-oriented Programming and Software Engineering
CITS1401 Problem Solving and Programming
CITS2002 Systems Programming
CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
CITS3002 Networks and Security prior to 2018
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratory work: 2 hours per week
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