Introduction to IT Security (INFO2315)


This unit provides a broad introduction to the field of IT security. We examine secure and insecure programs, secure and insecure information, secure and insecure computers, and secure and insecure network infrastructure. Key content includes the main threats to security; how to analyse risks; the role in reducing risk that can be played by technical tools (such as encryption, signatures, access control, firewalls, etc); the limitations of technical defences; and the simple process and behavioural changes that can reduce risk.

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(Lec 2hrs & Prac 1hr) per week


Through semester assessment (40%), Final Exam (60%).

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge: In order to enter this unit, students should have at least one semester of tertiary study of IT. In particular, we assume familiarity with the value of information, and with the varied uses of IT in business and personal activities. We


NETS3016, NETS3305, ELEC5616, NETS3916, NETS3605, ELEC5610

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