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COMP3201 Cyber Security

Module Overview

This module will teach the principles of security in web and cloud based systems and how these principles apply in a range of different applications.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Cyber security frameworks, standards and best practices, and how to apply these within an organisation
  • The core technical elements of web and cloud based security systems
  • The current trends in cyber security; threats, their importance, and why they are hard to face
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise and discuss examples of cyber security vulnerabilities
  • Critically analyse Web based systems for security problems
  • Critically analyse Web and Cloud based systems for security problems
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively on a broad range of issues with security professionals
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Perform a security assessment for an organisation as part of a team
  • Use examples of security penetration testing tools
  • Secure development of web applications


Web based security - Web applications and systems
 - Penetration testing - OWASP - Vulnerabilities and exploitation - Security of database applications - Injection attacks, cross-site scripting - Server configuration
 Cloud based security - Virtualisation - hypervisor security and data protection - Cloud services – vulnerabilities and protection - Secure designs for cloud architecture - Standards, governance and compliance for cloud based infrastructures Secure web development : - client-side and server-side protection - protecting against injection attacks - implementing authentication and access control - techniques for ensuring data privacy - cross-site scripting - guarding against third-party component vulnerabilities - building a secure API

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice26
Completion of assessment task60
Preparation for scheduled sessions9
Follow-up work9
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Security in Computing.



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 50%
Final Assessment  50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: ELEC1204 OR COMP1202

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