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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Phu Dung Le


Introduces students to current theory and practice of authentication and identity management. This includes authentication and identity management of system components (software, hardware, data and users); Biometric based Identification systems; Smart card based Identification systems; Crypto-based Identification systems; Kerberos authentication systems; Large population ID management and security; Privacy, security, and efficiency of identification systems.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand the importance of authentication of system components: data, software, hardware, users and subsystems;
  • understand the implementation of different techniques for authentication and identification;
  • understand the significance of authentication and identity management in IT security
  • understand different authentication and identity management systems;
  • understand the role of biometric, smartcards, crypto-based techniques and their issues when applied to authentication process;
  • understand existing networked authentication models and protocols for distributed systems, such as kerberos;
  • appreciate the role of distributed authentication models and protocols in securing electronic transactions;
  • practically gain the experience of system applications identification and authentication;
  • practically gain the experience of users identification and authentication;
  • practically gain the experience of crypto-based authentication and identification techniques for users, system software and applications;
  • practically gain the experience of identifying and authenticating network and system components.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Phu Dung Le

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


FIT1019 or equivalent

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