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 MCS9368
Subject Name Network Security
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites MCS9361
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Three assignments are designed to provide opportunity for students to design, analyse and evaluate computer network security protocols. The final examination assesses knowledge and understanding gained in the subject.
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 provides a survey of network security technologies, and explores them in practice. This includes but is not limited to, network-based threats, security failure in cryptographic and network protocols, authentication servers, certificates and public-key infrastructures, security provisions in communication protocols and standards, electronic mail security, firewalls and intrusion detection systems.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understand network vulnerabilities and network-based attacks.
2. Apply a range network security technologies such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems for securing networks.
3. Use appropriate security standards and network security tools to enhance security of a distributed system.
4. Evaluate, compare and recommend network security applications and systems.

Textbook Information
C. Kaufman, R. Perlman, and M. Speciner Network Security: PRIVATE communication in a PUBLIC world, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 2002
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