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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2011


This unit looks at a range of security problems in information systems, namely physical security, network security and software security. Within these areas, topics covered include risk analysis, authentification, access control, and crypto techniques. It looks at various management issues, including disparate application examples, distributed systems authentication, contingency planning, audit and review. A range of security applications are used as examples.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • risks, threats and goals of information security;
  • various controls and their effectiveness for information security in an organisation;
  • how to evaluate the effectiveness (both in terms of performance and limitations) of individual control techniques;
  • how to match the risk against controls and evaluate their applicability.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate the importance of information security in an organisation;
  • appreciate the importance of the use of various controls and their effectiveness for information security in an organisation.
Developed the skills to:
  • carry out an investigation into the selection and deployment of particular security measure and application technologies based on risk analysis as applied to information security in an organisation;
  • use tools for counteracting risks and threats to information security.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • communicate information on threats to information security and key appropriate controls and counter measure techniques in written and/or oral form;
  • work individually or in a small group on an advanced topic related to information security in an organisation.


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

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk



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