This module is offered in 2018-19.


The aims of this module are:

  • To give a broad understanding of the field of Information Security Management, including current commercial and financial security issues and areas of concern.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should:

  • Have acquired knowledge of a representative sample of security threats, issues, technologies and theories.
  • Be aware of legal and social contexts where they impinge on computer security.
  • Be aware of the variety of problems affecting system and people centred security.
  • Know who the current leaders are in the field of Computer Security, the current trends and latest issues.
  • Be aware of certification standards and concerns.


  • Security applications and policy models; authorisation and authentication, vulnerabilities and threats; Internet security; firewalls, intrusion detection, malicious code and countermeasures; information hiding; stream and block ciphers; symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic protocols; digital signatures, public key infrastructures, certification authorities; security engineering, risk models, robustness, legal and organisational aspects of computer security; legal and international aspects.

Compulsory Elements

This module has no compulsory elements beyond those common to all modules (mark of 4 in each assessment component).

Module Delivery

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Last Published: 14 Dec 2018.