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Wider Aspects of Cybersecurity - COM00162M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Siamak Shahandashti
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of advanced topics in cybersecurity and engage students in an in-depth study of the state of the art of an area of cybersecurity.
Topics covered in this module include a selection of recent and emerging advances in cybersecurity areas such as cryptography (e.g. zero-knowledge proofs, post-quantum cryptography, homomorphic encryption, and secure multiparty computation), network security (e.g. internet-of-things security, software defined networks security, and mobile networks security), distributed systems security (e.g. consensus mechanisms and distributed ledgers), human factors in cybersecurity (e.g. usable security), and privacy (e.g. privacy-preserving protocols and differential privacy).
The module also aims to develop critical analysis and academic writing skills. Students will carry out a group project in an advanced cybersecurity topic, experiencing and developing team working skills.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module the students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a competent technical understanding of a range of emerging advanced topics in cybersecurity.
  • critically analyse the latest research in an area of cybersecurity.
  • summarise the important technical aspects of the state of the art in an area of cybersecurity for a technically literate audience.
  • survey new and emerging methods from an advanced area of cybersecurity to identify their applications to important classes of systems from the CyBoK, as well as their underpinning assumptions and limitations.

Module content

Taught sessions on a selection of recent and emerging advances in cybersecurity.
Group project to survey new and emerging methods from an advanced area of cybersecurity.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Group Report Open Assessment
N/A 50
Essay/coursework
Individual Open Assessment
N/A 50

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Group Report Open Assessment
N/A 50
Essay/coursework
Individual Open Assessment
N/A 50

Module feedback

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

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