CSC3124 : System and Network Security
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Charles Morisset
- Owning School: Computing Science
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To create awareness of the need for security in computer and communications systems, and to introduce some of the technical mechanisms by which security can be achieved.
By exploring topics such as the need for security, system and network security, cryptography, authentication and digital signatures, as well as the legal and political aspects of security, this module aims to create awareness of the need for security in computer and communications systems and to introduce some of the technical mechanisms by which security can be achieved.
Outline Of Syllabus
The need for security: threats and risks.
System Security: simple forms of authentication, penetrations and their antidotes, protection mechanisms, capabilities, access control lists. Network Security: openness of networks, network-based attacks, firewalls.
Cryptography: simple methods and their inadequacies, symmetric cryptography, DES, IDEA, RC4, public key methods and algorithms, RSA, Diffie/Hellman, elementary cryptanalysis.
Authentication: messsage digests, authentication protocols and systems. Digital Signatures: techniques, applications, e-commerce.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||26||0:30||13:00||Revision for end of Semester exam & exam duration|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||22||1:00||22:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||11||1:00||11:00||Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||11||1:00||11:00||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||21||1:00||21:00||Background reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures are given to satisfy the knowledge outcomes, and practical work to practise and improve the skills outcomes.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written examination is an appropriate way to assess knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings and practical skills on small-scale problems. The examination involves the correct interpretation and analysis of formal models. Its duration is set to allow time for this to be done accurately.
The coursework assessment gives an opportunity to assess practical skills on a more realistic and open-ended problem.
N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 35%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 35%.
- Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk