Special Topic in International Security (CISS6011)


What is the cyber realm, and how do governments, militaries and the private sector interact in it? What do we mean by cybersecurity and who is responsible for it? What are the major threats faced in the cyber realm and how to they impact the way we govern, do business and interact with each other? Are we prepared for cyber conflict? CISS6011 will give students a theoretical and practical framework for the study of cybersecurity and discuss the vulnerabilities and capabilities of the Internet and the cyber realm. The first half of the unit focuses on the technical aspects of network and systems security. Students will be expected to understand the different technical tools that attackers use to breach cybersecurity and the context in which they do so. In the second half of the unit, students will discuss the different types of cyber threats, from cybercrime to cyberwar, and will be taught how to formulate and evaluate policy options in relation to different cyber threats. The unit will provide the opportunity to develop skills in team-based deliberative decision-making with the aim of converging on a mutually acceptable compromise. The assessment includes both team and individual tasks.

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1x3hr seminar/week or equivalent intensive hours


1x2700wd Essay (60%), 1x1.5hr In-class examination (30%), 1x Seminar participation (10%),

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