Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)


This unit aims to provide students with an advanced knowledge of network security. Topics to be covered include the design and implementation of some important public key systems: RSA and Elliptic Curve algorithms; concepts of quantum cryptography; quantum computing and cryptography; wireless computing and cryptography; design, implementation and configuration of firewalls in depth; design, implementation and configuration of intrusion detection systems; prevention systems; advanced network security architectures; advanced wireless security: principle and practice; security in trusted-based computing environments; and quantum cryptography.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand the design and implementation of advanced cryptographic algorithms for wired and wireless computing environments including the design and implementation of RSA and ECC;
  • achieve sound knowledge of network security components including the design, implementation, and configuration of Firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems (static and dynamic checking of programs, anomaly detection, large-scale (Internet-wide) distributed intrusion detection, early sensing, complex attack scenario analysis, and automated response), Prevention Systems, Firewalls, IDSs, VPNs and prevention systems together;
  • develop knowledge of advanced network security architectures to allow better network protection, load balancing and recovery from attacks;
  • achieve sound knowledge of wireless network security;
  • understand security in trusted-based computing environments;
  • understand Quantum cryptography.


Assignments: 40%; Lab exercises and group assignments: 30%; Theoretical test: 30%

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Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

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