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CSE5210 - Advances in information security

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader: Phu Dung Le


Not offered in 2008


The security requirements of parties to a transaction: privacy, proof of identity, ownership, licence, signature, notarisation, date of action, certification of origination and/or receipt. Cryptography: types of cryptoanalytic attacks on a cryptosystem, cryptographic systems, protocols. Secret-key systems: information theory, one-time pads, DES, pseudorandom number generators, current developments. Public-key systems: one-way functions, public-key distribution, RSA cryptosystems, current developments. Applications: WWW security, digital signature, X.509 certificates, the electronic wallet, contract negotiation and signature, smartcard applications.


By the completion of this unit students will have a theoretical and conceptual understanding of:

  1. Secret key cryptography;
  2. Public key cryptography, RSA;
  3. Public key certificates;
  4. the factors influencing the security of data in distributed systems, especially transaction processing systems;
  5. the expectations of and rights to privacy;
  6. sympathy for openness to achieve security;
  7. sympathy for the principle of proportionality as applied to information security;
  8. competent use of software packages for securing email and encrypting files;
  9. researching in and writing about information security;


Assignments (5 brief weekly assignments): 50%; term paper or project (2,000 words) and 10 minute class presentation: 50%

Contact hours

4 x contact hrs/week


CSE9002, CSE9801 or equivalent



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