CSC3632 : System and Network Security (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To explore in depth the different mechanisms used to protect the security of systems and network, and to manage the corresponding risk.

Outline Of Syllabus

Network Security
•       Firewall
•       Intrusion Detection Systems
•       Network monitoring
System Security
•       Authentication and authorisation systems
•       Federated Identity Management
•       Delegation of authorisation
•       Malware analysis
•       Resiliency mechanisms
•       Human Factors
Risk Management
•       Threat modelling
•       Risk assessment
•       Risk control mechanisms

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion590:3029:30Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical601:0060:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work301:0030:00Practical coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study191:0019:00Background reading and preparation for security analysis
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students
are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.
This is a practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities
provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M30Demonstration of attacks and security mechanisms (equivalent of 1500 words)
Practical/lab report1M20Security analysis of a given scenario (equivalent of 1500 words)
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.

NB. This module has both “Exam assessment” and “Other assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either falls below 35%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 35%

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