SIT716 - Computer Networks and Security

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Justin Rough





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Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour of scheduled online seminar per fortnight, 1 x 2 hour face-to-face workshop per week.
Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour of scheduled online seminar per fortnight.


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Computer networks are becoming fundamental in modern life, providing a platform for the delivery of health, education, commerce, and entertainment.  In recent years, computer networks have progressively replaced other networks such as voice and video, replaced physical media for news and entertainment, and provided the platform for new important applications in the areas of the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing.  Unfortunately computer networks are also used by attackers to gain access to confidential information, conduct identity or intellectual property theft, and disable or even take control over remote systems.  In SIT716, students will learn how computer networks function, how they are both targeted by and used as a vehicle for conducting security attacks, and how we secure and defend them.  Key protocols at each layer of the protocol stack will be reviewed, known security vulnerabilities examined and countermeasures identified and explained, and emerging security issues in computer networking will also be considered.  Through practical tasks students will gain experience working with network protocols and learn how security attacks involving network infrastructure can be identified.


Bi-weekly reports (5 x 4%) 20%, protocol demonstration and report 10%, security incident report 10%, examination 60%