FIT5124 - Advanced topics in security - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ron Steinfeld

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




This unit aims to provide students with an advanced knowledge of IT security. Topics include design and implementation of advanced cryptosystems for high-performance applications such as low power mobile devices, cryptographic protocols for secure online computation applications such as e-voting. We will cover advanced hacking techniques, complete computer system penetration testing and defences. Further topics include advanced wireless network security, enterprise security architectures, malicious code detection and prevention systems, defence systems in depth, advanced software security, virtual system and cloud computing security, and emerging technologies such as quantum computing and cryptography. Students will do practical exercises and tasks throughout the unit.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the operation of several advanced cryptosystems and protocols and their underlying assumptions and applications;
  2. apply a range of hacking and penetration testing techniques;
  3. describe advanced security design issues in the context of software and network settings;
  4. explain the potential security implications and limitations of emerging technologies.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (2 hours): 60%, In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour laboratory
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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