Lectures are pre-recorded and placed on blackboard. Labs are done remotely.
The Syllabus lists some of the core texts and finer details of this module from an administrative viewpoint. The Syllabus is here.
The philosophy of this module is to introduce the student to the issues that arise when we consider the security of computer networks, from both a “white-hat” (defensive), and “black-hat” (offensive) perspective.
The module is 100% coursework. Coursework 1 is a report on a cyber security topic which is worth 40%. The submission date is week 8. The second coursework is a lab test where you will demonstrate aspects of your practical & theoretical pen testing skills. This is in week 12 and is worth 60% of your final module mark.
Lecture 1 : Introduction & Emerging Topics
Optional additional reading: Tor: The Second-Generation Onion Router by Dingledine et al.
Optional video clip Drinking from the caffeine firehose we know as shodan
Lecture 2: Authentication – Access control & cryptography
Optional additional reading: Cloud Security – A short primer by Joel-Ahmed Mondol.
Optional video clip: Importance of Good Cloud Security
Lecture 3: Programs & Programming
Optional additional reading: Microsoft vs. Apple: Resilience against Distributed DoS Attack by Altunbasak et al.
Optional video clip: Three Generations of DoS Attacks
Lecture 4: Operating Systems
Optional additional reading: A Taxonomy of Buffer Overflow Characteristics by Matt Bishop et al.
Optional video clip: Credit Cards: Everything You have Ever Wanted to Know
Lecture 7: Databases
Optional additional reading: Securing Distributed Systems Using Symmetric Key Cryptography by Babu et al.
Lecture 11 Legal Issues & Ethics
Optional additional reading: A Lightweight Authentication Protocol for Secure Communications between Resource-Limited Devices and
Wireless Sensor Networks by Ksiazak et al.
Optional video clip: My life as a spyware developer
Lecture 12 Cryptography
Optional additional reading: Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in the case of an Intrusive Remote Monitoring Software by McBrearty et al.
Optional video clip: Steal Everything, Kill Everyone, Cause Total Financial Ruin!
All practicals are placed on BlackBoard each week. Here are the contents of each lab during the 12 weeks.
CLASS ASSIGNMENT 1 – 40% (Date: Week 8)
CLASS ASSIGNMENT 2 – 60% (Date: Week 12)
Theory & practical lab test