|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer
4 Research Park Drive, Becton-Dickinson (BD) Building, Macquarie University
16:00 to 17:00 on Mondays
ITEC647 or COMP6250
As organisations and users increasingly rely upon networked applications for assessing information and making critical business decisions, securing distributed applications is becoming extremely significant. The unit is concerned with the protection of information in computing systems and networks. It will address concepts and techniques for securing distributed applications.
Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
No extensions will be granted without an approved application for Special Consideration. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late. For example, 25 hours late in submission for an assignment worth 10 marks – 20% penalty or 2 marks deducted from the total. No submission will be accepted after solutions have been posted.
If you receive Special Consideration for a module exam, a supplementary exam will be scheduled after the normal exam period. By making a special consideration application for the module exam you are declaring yourself available for a resit during the supplementary examination period and will not be eligible for a second special consideration approval based on pre-existing commitments. Please ensure you are familiar with the policy prior to submitting an application. Approved applicants will receive an individual notification prior to the exam with the exact date and time of their supplementary examination.
|Assignment 1||10%||No||Week 7|
|Quiz 1||10%||No||Week 6|
|Assignment 2||30%||No||Week 12|
|Quiz 2||10%||No||Week 11|
|Final Exam||40%||No||Semester 2 exam period|
Assignment on Security Mechanisms and Protocols
Quiz 1 is a short in class test (close book) that will be based on your previously covered lecture material for weeks 1-4.
(C&U) Content and Understanding: 5% (Individually assessed via Q&A on the Project)
(P) Presentation: 15% (Individually assessed)
(R) Project Report: 10% (Assessed as a Group)
Quiz 2 is a short in class test (close book) that will be based on your previously covered lecture material for Weeks 5-8.
The final examination in this unit is a hurdle requirement; students must get a mark of at least 40% in the examination to pass the unit. If students get a mark between 30% and 40% in students' first attempt at the final examination, students will be given a second and final attempt.
Concretely, in order to pass the unit, students must obtain an overall total mark of 50% or higher, and a mark of 40% or higher in the final examination.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Important! Please note that this is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) unit. You will be expected to bring your own laptop computer (Windows, Mac or Linux), install and configure the required software.
Each week you should complete any assigned readings and review the lecture slides in order to prepare for the lecture. There are three hours of lectures every week. The lectures will be pre-recorded and available online. You are at the very least expected to go through the lecture slides and videos during the first two hours of the time slot for the lecture, i.e., Fridays 11:00AM to 1:00 pm. There will be a live Q&A session every week during the third hour of time slot for the lecture, i.e., Fridays 1:00 to 2:00 pm. During the live Q&A session, you can ask questions related to the lectures, hands on, and take home exercises.
For details of days, times and rooms consult the timetables webpage.
Take home exercises will commence in week 1.
Please note that you will be required to submit work every week. Failure to do so may result in you failing the unit or being excluded from the exams.
This unit makes use of discussion boards hosted within iLearn . Please post questions there; they are monitored by the staff on the unit.
This material for this unit is in part based on the following textbooks:
William Stallings, Cryptography and Network Security: Principles and Practices, Prentice Hall (4th Edition) · Charles Pfleeger, Security in Computing, Prentice Hall, 20026 (4th Edition)
Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman and Mike Speciner, Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World, Prentice Hall
Dieter Gollman, Computer Security, John Wiley
Simson Garfinkel and Gene Spafford, Practical Unix Security, O’Reilly & Associates, Inc.
Trusted Computing Platforms: TCPA Technology in Context, Ed: Siani Pearson, Prentice Hall, 2003
Ross Anderson, Security Engineering, John Wiley, 1st or 2nd Edition
iLearn is a Learning Management System that gives you access to lecture slides, lecture recordings, forums, assessment tasks, instructions for practicals, discussion forums and other resources.
Echo 360 (formerly known as iLecture)
Digital recordings of lectures are available. Read these instructions for details.
PacketTracer, Anaconda, Jupyter Notebook with Python.
|1||Introduction: Cyber Security Trends and Concepts||Lecture Slides|
|2||Threat Models and Security Goals||Lecture Slides|
|3||Cryptography, Cryptographic and Security Protocols||Lecture Slides|
|4||Authentication and Access Control||Lecture Slides|
|5||Web Security||Lecture Slides|
|6||Internet Security Protocol||Lecture Slides|
|7||Distributed Systems Security: BGP Security||Lecture Slides|
|8||Cloud Computing Security||Lecture Slides|
|9||Distributed Denial of Service Attacks and Defences||Lecture Slides|
|10||Mobile Platform Security Architecture||Lecture Slides|
|11||Anonymity and Censorship Techniques||Lecture Slides|
|12||Group Project Presentations||Lecture Slides|
Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:
Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.
If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).
Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct
Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact email@example.com
Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/
Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.
The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources.
Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.
For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au
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For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/.
When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.
At the end of the semester, you will receive a grade that reflects your achievement in the unit
Your final grade depends on your performance in each assessment task and on your ability to perform well enough on the hurdle assessment tasks.
For each task, you receive a mark that reflects your standard of performance. Then the different component marks are added up to determine an aggregated mark out of 100. In order to pass the unit, this aggregated mark needs to be at least 50.
Note that none of the assessment tasks in this unit are a hurdle requirement. However, if you do not make a reasonable attempt at the assessments, you will be unlikely to pass the unit.
Your final grade is then a direct reflection of the aggregated mark (provided that you satisfy the hurdle requirements) according to the following:
If you receive special consideration for the module exams, a supplementary exam will be scheduled in the week of the regular exam offering. By making a special consideration application for the module exams you are declaring yourself available for a resit during the supplementary examination period and will not be eligible for a second special consideration approval based on pre-existing commitments. Please ensure you are familiar with the policy prior to submitting an application. You can check the supplementary exam information page on this course' iLearn page for dates, and approved applicants will receive an individual notification one week prior to the exam with the exact date and time of their supplementary examination.
If you are given a second opportunity to sit the final examination as a result of failing to meet the minimum mark required, you will be offered that chance during the same supplementary examination period and will be notified of the exact day and time after the publication of final results for the unit.