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 MCS9358
Subject Name Security Engineering
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 12cp of MCS9 200s subjects
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Final examination Assignments
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
This subject develops the skills and applies the knowledge necessary to identify and solve problems in the deployment of security systems. Topics include: Relationships among cryptographic techniques. Black, white and grey hat techniques. Authentication versus identification, Security policies for security administration. Security monitoring. E-commerce, bank security. File sharing and source control integrity. Legality of digital signatures, DRM, forensics, liability, copyright protection, internet censorship. Standards and RFCs. Security of deployed systems.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
MCS9358 to only be taught every 2nd year. 1st year will be 2011, next 2013 etc
Subject Objectives:
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to: 1. Select and apply appropriate fundamental cryptographic building blocks based on a critical analysis of an application scenario. 2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the role and significance of information security in society. 3. Interpret documents relating to standards, RFC’s and similar formal specifications of existing security systems. 4. Recognise the role of the law and due process in the development, deployment and management of security.

Textbook Information
Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems, Ross Anderson, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN: 0-471-38922-6
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