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Information Security

Overview

  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Module convenor and tutor: Donal Fernandes
  • Assessment: coursework (50%) and an examination (50%)

Module description

This module provides an introduction to information security, that is, how to protect information and information systems against unauthorised access and tampering. Avoiding security breaches has a high priority for all organisations storing and handling confidential data.The module covers technical aspects, such as firewalls, access control and cryptography, and extends to organisational issues such as security policies. The goal of this module is to enable you to learn how to employ technical solutions effectively in an organisation-wide context.

INDICATIVE MODULE syllabus

  • Overview of Information Security
  • Security Policies
  • Social Engineering
  • Basic Cryptography
  • Identity Management
  • Access Control Mechanisms
  • Network Intruders and Intrusion Detection
  • Firewalls and Malicious Software
  • Economics of Information Security

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of facts, concepts and principles of information security, such as security policies and cryptographic protocols 
  • explain the extent of security-related policies 
  • recognise examples of network security applications 
  • demonstrate awareness of the principles of network intrusion and detection, firewalls and malicious software 
  • demonstrate an awareness of how cryptography fits into the wider context of information security 
  • analyse, evaluate and select between different security policies.