Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology


Subject Information
Subject Code CSCI862
Subject Name System Security
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites None.
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence CSCI262, MCS9262
Assessment Assignments 40%; Laboratory 10%; Final Examination 50%.
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts  
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students should use the SMP OnLine Tutorial System (via SOLS) to enrol in Tutorial/laboratory groups for this subject. Once enrolments are open a link to the subject will appear in Tutorial Enrolments.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (24-07-2017 to 16-11-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 3 hrs Lecture & 2 hrs Computer Lab per week
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Luke McAven
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Luke McAven
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2017

Subject Description
The subject covers some fundamental computer security technologies in the following aspects: (1) Operating system security such as physical security, file protections, system abuses, attacks and protections; (2) Database security including data integrity, data recover, data encryption/ decryption, access control, and authentication; (3) Mobile code security including malicious logic, host and mobile code protection, mobile agents' security. (4) Intrusion detection; (5) Security policies; (6) Security management and risk analysis.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Analyse risks and threats to computer systems.
2. Evaluate and manage the security in computer systems.
3. Understand models of security in Operating System and methods of providing protection.
4. Understand database security models; apply security mechanisms in database management systems.
5. Provide security for mobile code systems.


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