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 First semester 2013 (Day)


This unit aims to provide students with fundamental knowledge of network and information security. Topics to be covered include network components and services, network computer systems and security policy, security at different system layers, basic cryptography and information security, information security and communications, intrusion detection system, malicious code and detection and prevention systems, authentication systems, and wireless security.


At the completion of this unit students will have -

A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the fundamentals of Network Security issues including possible vulnerabilities in a computer system, software and hardware applications;
  • basic symmetric and asymmetric cryptography including symmetric and asymmetric crypto systems such as DES, RSA, RC4;
  • authentication systems;
  • computer malicious codes such as viruses, logic bombs, etc;
  • security design at different levels of OSI model, IPSec, SSL, and security at application layer;
  • firewalls and detection and prevention systems.


Assignments: 80%; Theoretical test: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


CPE5002, CSE5210

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