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Networks & Communications Security: Threats, Attacks & Countermeasures - COM00091M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Siamak Shahandashti
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module aims to provide a broad understanding and knowledge of network security, addressing threats over a range of sophistication levels and detailing various protocols and other mechanisms that have been developed to counter them.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand primary technical components of network security
  • Analyse threats and requirements & synthesize control solutions
  • Understand network-specific attacks and attack mechanisms
  • Analyse network protocols and identify associated attacks
  • Analyse network attacks and threats
  • Analyse security strengths/weaknesses in network mechanisms


Task Length % of module mark
Set Task Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Set Task Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive oral feedback during the classroom week, and written feedback on their assessment submission. 

Indicative reading

Sherri Davidoff, Jonathan Ham, Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers Through Cyberspace, Prentice Hall, 2012

Kevin R Fall, W Richard Stevens, TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The protocols, Addison Wesley, 2012

Andrew Tannenbaum, Computer Networks, Prentice Hall, 2002


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