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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)


Students are introduced to some of the most common security issues involved in the development of software, including secure coding practices, secure database access, secure data communications, security of web applications, use of encryption techniques and security testing. Students are provided with a range of practical exercises to reinforce their skills, including authenticating and authorising users programmatically, user input validation, developing secure web, mobile/wireless and database applications, encrypting and hashing data programmatically, generating digital signatures programmatically, security testing, designing logging and auditing mechanisms.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • some of the main security concepts and issues involved in the development of software, including: Software security versus other aspects of computer security; goals of secure and trusted software; vulnerabilities versus threats; best software development principles and practices; buffer overflows; security of programming platforms; authentication and authorisation; principle of least privilege; security features are not equal to secure features; secure use of encryption; user input validation; reliable software components; data privacy; auditing and logging; security testing;
  • the importance of developing secure software in today's electronic world.
Developed the skills to:
  • design applications with security in mind;
  • validate user input;
  • implement secure authentication mechanisms;
  • authorise users access to various protected resources;
  • encrypt files and hash passwords;
  • store session data securely in web applications;
  • perform secure database access;
  • set up secure transfer of data;
  • create security logs;
  • test software for security vulnerabilities.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Phu Le

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


FIT1002 and one of FIT1019 or FIT2078

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