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CS5099: INFORMATION SECURITY (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to techniques for engineering secure information systems. Identity theft and fraudulent scams are some examples where computer systems have been utilised and compromised, and information exploited in ways not intended or authorized. In addition to developing critical knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts associated with information security and systems, this course will enhance your understanding of core topics such as access control, usability and psychology, security policy, ethical hacking, and cryptography. Students study how users and organisations must become better prepared to best exploit emerging technologies and issues arising.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Matthew Collinson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Topics will include:
1. The information security landscape;
2. Access control;
3. Usability and psychology;
4. Cryptography (symmetric);
5. Protocols and keys;
6. Network attack and defence;
7. Security policy;
8. Cryptography (asymmetric);
9. Development of systems and software with security considerations;
10. Evaluation, Assurance, Compliance;
11. The Economics of Security;
12. The wider implications of security and a look at the future of security.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 7 - 11, 13 - 17
  • 1 Lecture during University week12
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 8 - 17

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (75%); continuous assessment (25%)

Resit: Candidates only resit those components (written examination, continuous assessment) which they failed at first attempt. Written examination at resit is 1 two-hour paper

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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