- Department: Computer Science
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Roberto Metere
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
- See module specification for other years: 2024-25
For pre-requisite module notes: CTAP prior to 2023/24 was COM00093M. Students must have taken one of CTAP-H or CTAP-M. NETS prior to 2023/4 was COM00045H or COM00171M, Students must have also taken one of NETS-H or NETS-M.
|Semester 2 2023-24
The module aims to provide an introductory range of theoretical and practical skills to undertake ethical hacking, analysis, and investigation of modern computer systems and networks.
The module will explore ethical hacking topics such as vulnerability exploitation of cryptographic and network protocols, reverse engineering, and other penetration testing techniques, as well as malware analysis and digital investigation of cyber incidents.
The module will familiarise students with a range of tools used by ethical hackers and security practitioners.
By the end of the module the students will be able to:
Explain the fundamental concepts of cyber security in systems and networks
Analyse security strengths & weaknesses in network mechanisms
Analyse major threats and attacks in systems and networks under various scenarios, architectures, and threat models
Synthesise control solutions for network security
Assess the relative merits of different solution approaches in various security-related contexts
|% of module mark
|Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Group closed assessment (Capture the Flag)
Essay : Individual Open Assessment
|% of module mark
Essay : Individual Open Assessment - Reassessment
Essay : Individual Reflection Reassessment
Feedback is provided throughout the sessions, and after the assessment as per normal University guidelines.