This module aims to give an overview of cyber security. The module will equip students with a clear view of the current cyber security landscape considering not only technical measures and defences, but also the other subject areas that apply, including legal, management, crime, risk, social and human factors.
Lectures will be given by staff from the University's Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security with invited expert speakers from industry.
Case studies are used to reinforce the concepts being introduced.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Key factors in cyber security from different disciplinary views including computer science, management, law, criminology, and social sciences
- The roles and influences of governments, commercial and other organisations, citizens and criminals in cyber security affairs
- The importance of taking a multi-disciplinary approach to cyber security
- Managing security incidents, including digital forensic principles
- Issues surrounding privacy, anonymity and pervasive passive monitoring
- General principles and strategies that can be applied to systems to make them more robust to attack
- The cyber threat landscape, both in terms of recent emergent issues and those issues which recur over time
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Analyse case studies, to reinforce the different disciplinary perspectives of cyber security
The syllabus includes the following topics:
The cyber security threat landscape; history and evolution
- Security surfaces; intelligence, case studies, trend analysis
- Actors in cyber security; governments, organisations, citizens, criminals
- The multidisciplinary nature of cyber security
- ISPs as intermediaries; DPI
Cryptography; Privacy; Anonymity
- Principles of secure communications; digital signatures, PKI, encryption, hashing
- Foundations cryptography; crypto-primitives and ciphers
- Privacy and anonymity protocols
- Crowds, onion routing, ToR
- Data management - anonymisation and de-anonymisation
Access control; authentication techniques
- Passwords and password analysis
- Security assurance and evaluation
- Introduction to biometrics
Offensive cyber-attacks; cyber war; hacktivism
- Advanced Persistent Threats
- Critical infrastructures
- Social engineering; phishing
- Security aspects of social networks, the web science perspective
Management of cyber risks
- Multilevel security; security policies
- Security economics; investment, cost of breach
- Cyber law, regulating the online environment
- Computer access offences, data protection law
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lecture - 36 hours per semester
Seminar - 8 hours per semester
|Completion of assessment task||60|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||12|
|Wider reading or practice||20|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Clarke, R.A., Cyber War (2012). The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do about it,. ECCO Press.
Graham, J.. Howard, R., Olson, R. (2011). Cyber Security Essentials. CRC Press.
Andress, J., Cyber Warfare (2013). Techniques, Tactics and Tools for Security Practitioners. Syngress.
Stallings, W., Brown, L. (2018). Computer Security - Principles and Practice. Pearson Education Limited.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External