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SIT284 - Cyber Security Management


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Nick Patterson




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week.


This unit provides students with the foundations required to learn cyberspace safety and security, and security management at corporate level. In SIT284 students will learn how security assessment is methodologically and procedurally conducted with business operational constraints. Students will examine both business and security operations. The unit enables students to develop contingency planning, risk assessment, risk management and compliance standards for various businesses. The key focus of SIT284 is on introducing students to IT security policy development and human security management. Students will also explore legal and ethical issues in the context of security management and audit.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Work as a team and apply organisational planning and project management principles to IT security planning. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO7: Teamwork


Assess security risks, threats and vulnerabilities to the organisation and implement appropriate information security protection mechanisms. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Conduct investigation of security management issues in organisation by analysing requirements, plans and IT security policies. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Identify personnel security, training and security education needs, and associated legal and ethical awareness and propose strategies for corporations taking into account cost benefit ratios. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Group planning report Collaborative report, approximately 2,500 words 30% Week 5
Case investigation report Written report, approximately 2,000 words 20% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 50% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Whitman, 2018, Management of Information Security, 6th edition, Cengage Learning.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SIT284 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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