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 provides students with in depth coverage of a range of security problems in information systems, namely physical security, network security and software security. Within these areas, topics covered include risk analysis, authentication, access control, and a range of cryptographic techniques. It looks at various management issues, including use and abuse of encryption, distributed systems authentication, contingency planning, auditing, logging and integrity management. A range of security applications are used as examples.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • have knowledge of risks, threats and the goals of information security;
  • understand various controls and their effectiveness for information security in an organisation;
  • be able to evaluate the effectiveness (both in terms of performance and limitations) of individual control techniques;
  • match the risk against controls and evaluate their applicability.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk

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


Introductory knowledge of computing at the undergraduate level is assumed.


FIT4016, CSE4892

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