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 MCS9262
Subject Name System Security
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites MCS9124
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment There 4 graded assignments to gauge and evaluate performance throughout the session. These assignments provide opportunity for students to implement security concepts and systems. This is in addition to the final examination. The laboratory sessions give opportunity for individual and collaborative work but marks are not awarded.
General Subject No.
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.
Availability Not Available in 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.

Textbook Information
William Stallings and Lawrie Brown, Computer Security : Principles and Practice, Pearson Education, 2008
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