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CSC8520 Securing Networks

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


Co-requisite: CSC5050 or CSC8100


In today’s interconnected world, existing and emerging threats to privacy and security are of ever-growing concern. Security is an integral part of every aspect of information technology, including the network, server infrastructure and even the implementation of programming code. The skills to understand the nature of security threats, and acquire knowledge of the techniques and tools available to mitigate these threats are critical for today’s information technology professional.

The course seeks to provide grounding in advanced security concepts and advanced knowledge of techniques and tools in securing information technology infrastructure. In addition to identifying threats, vulnerabilities and human factors in the security space, the course also focus some hands-on practical skills for improving security in servers and networks. Concepts around information privacy are discussed, as are mechanisms and tools used to implement basic privacy in communications across the internet. Ethics and professional conduct as a security professional are identified as a key component of the course, as it the relationship between security professionals and parts of the organisation or society in general.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 25 March 2023