In this course you will explore information security through some introductory material and gain an appreciation of the scope and context around the subject. This includes a brief introduction to cryptography, security management and network and computer security that allows you to begin the journey into the study of information security and develop your appreciation of some key information security concepts.
The course concludes with a discussion around a simple model of the information security industry and explores skills, knowledge and roles so that you can determine and analyse potential career opportunities in this developing profession and consider how you may need to develop personally to attain your career goals.
After completing the course you will have gained an awareness of key information security principles regarding information, confidentiality, integrity and availability. You will be able to explain some of the key aspects of information risk and security management, in addition, summarise some of the key aspects in computer and network security, including some appreciation of threats, attacks, exploits and vulnerabilities. You will also gain an awareness of some of the skills, knowledge and roles/careers opportunities within the information security industry.
Introduction to Information Security
Graded: End of week test
Introduction to Cryptography
This module introduces cryptography, which provides a toolkit for implementing the core security services upon which all information security technologies are built.
Graded: Why cryptography?
Graded: The cryptographic toolkit
Graded: Algorithms and keys
Graded: Breaking cryptosystems
Graded: Use of cryptography
Graded: The cryptography dilemma
Network and Computer Security
Information being used by computers and being transmitted through a network is susceptible to many different threats. During this week’s module, you will learn how the security of information can be put at risk and what we can do to mitigate these risks.
Graded: Network Security Protocols
Graded: Network Security Systems
Graded: Authentication and Authorisation
Graded: Access Control
Graded: System Vulnerabilities
Graded: ISO 27001
Graded: Security Policies
Graded: Security Controls
Graded: Risk Management
Graded: Law and Regulations
Graded: Incident Management
The Cyber Security Industry and Careers
This last week presents a model of the information security industry as an introduction and then goes on to consider skills, roles, careers and finally professional bodies in our industry.
Graded: Review questions
Graded: Professional and ethical considerations
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