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ACCG8086 – Cyber Security, Governance Frameworks and Ethics

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convener
Yvette Blount
Contact via accg8086@mq.edu.au
By appointment or via email
Moderator
Mauricio Marrone
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MCybergovMgnt or MForAccgFinCri or MCTerrorism or MCrim or MCyberSecAnalysis or MIntell or MSecStrategicStud or MInfoTechCyberSec or MInfoTechNetworking
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Organisations have an ethical and legal responsibility to safeguard customer data in a constantly evolving cyber security environment. This unit is designed for students to gain an understanding of cyber security governance frameworks and ethical issues relating to the complex issues relating to cyber security. The primary objectives of the unit are for students to be able to evaluate cyber security trade-offs, use relevant governance frameworks to develop a cyber security road map and to be able to examine and provide recommendations for cyber security ethical dilemmas.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Evaluate the trade-offs between cyber security, cost/resources and business opportunities/competitive advantage.
  • ULO2: Develop a cyber security road map for a specific organisation.
  • ULO3: Explain the governance principles and frameworks relevant to cyber security.
  • ULO4: Examine and provide recommendations for potential ethical dilemmas of the work of cyber security experts.

General Assessment Information

Late Submission(s): “Late assessment must also be submitted through Turnitin. No extensions will be granted. 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 incurs a 20% penalty). Late submissions will not be accepted after solutions have been discussed and/or made available.   This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for Special Consideration is made and approved. Note: applications for Special Consideration Policy must be made within 5 (five) business days of the due date and time.”

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Cyber Security Roadmap/Plan 30% No Week 6
Ethical Dilemmas Report 40% No Week 11
Weekly Assessment Tasks 30% No Weeks 3 to 12 (10 weeks)

Cyber Security Roadmap/Plan

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 30%

This assessment task is to develop a 3,000 word strategic cyber security roadmap/plan for the Board of a specific organisation. Details and marking rubric will be available on the iLearn website.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop a cyber security road map for a specific organisation.
  • Explain the governance principles and frameworks relevant to cyber security.

Ethical Dilemmas Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 40%

The aim of this assessment task is to write a 5,000 word business report that investigates and analyses the issues relating to the ethical dilemmas faced by cyber security practitioners. Students will be required to read and analyse relevant scholarly articles, use contemporary examples and provide a personal reflection for this task. Details and marking rubric are available on the iLearn website.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate the trade-offs between cyber security, cost/resources and business opportunities/competitive advantage.
  • Develop a cyber security road map for a specific organisation.
  • Explain the governance principles and frameworks relevant to cyber security.
  • Examine and provide recommendations for potential ethical dilemmas of the work of cyber security experts.

Weekly Assessment Tasks

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Weeks 3 to 12 (10 weeks)
Weighting: 30%

Each week, from Week 3 to 12 (10 weeks in total), there will be an assessment task completed online or in workshops. The tasks will be varied and include discussions on contemporary cyber governance issues and dilemmas relating to the week’s topic. Details and rubric are available on the iLearn website.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate the trade-offs between cyber security, cost/resources and business opportunities/competitive advantage.
  • Develop a cyber security road map for a specific organisation.
  • Explain the governance principles and frameworks relevant to cyber security.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit will be taught online.

Each week there will be a Zoom catch-up where I will be available to answer any questions, clarify expectations for assignments as well as provide an opportunity for you to connect with each other.  The Zoom meeting will be on Thursday at 4pm from Week 1 to Week 13.  This Zoom catch-up each week is not compulsory but you are strongly encouraged to attend.  The session will be recorded and uploaded to Echo in iLearn.  

The Zoom details will be available on iLearn.

 The dates are from Week 1  to Week 13 (Thursday 25 February to 3rd June 2021 - not including the session break).  

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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