1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 ^ 1 of COMP8702, ENGR8762
2 ENGR8701 - Computer Programming 2 GE
3 Admission into MCS-Master of Computer Science
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2) or (3))
Enrolment not permitted
COMP3781 has been successfully completed
Topic description

The topic is concerned with the management and security of networks. Areas covered include: cryptography concepts and applications, computer forensics, network threats, security protocols, application of security concepts in specific contexts, attack and defence mechanisms, current security research topics.

Educational aims

Students will gain an understanding of the issues associated with implementing and maintaining network security, and the issues of securing both wired & wireless networks. In addition, it will provide practical experience in both attacking and defending a network, and the fundamentals of cryptography as it applies to network security. Students will also report on current trends and issues in network security.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand, Evaluate and Identify Network Security Threats
  2. Secure Ethernet, Wireless and Mobile Networks
  3. Security Design at Different Levels of the OSI model
  4. Implement Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  5. Apply Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting Tools & Techniques
  6. Implementing Firewall Technologies
  7. Ongoing Management of a Secure Network
  8. Research and Report on Current Concepts in Network Security