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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • describe OSI security architecture;
  • describe common security standards and protocols for network security applications e.g. electronic mail, IP, web and network management;
  • understand common information risks and requirements;
  • explain the operation of conventional and public-key encryption techniques;
  • describe the concepts and techniques for digital signatures, authentication and non-repudiation;
  • understand privacy and ethics issues;
  • appreciate the need for the digital certificates and public key infrastructure;
  • appreciate the importance of system security against intruders and malicious software using firewalls;
  • appreciate the relevance of privacy and ethics issues to organisations and individuals;
  • apply simple security configurations to PC based applications e.g. email, Internet, computer administration;
  • design information systems with security compliance.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Assignment 1 20% 15 April 2011
    Assignment 2 20% 27 May 2011
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    The teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning, equipping you with the ability to apply skills upon completion.


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Other: Solutions to tutes and labs will be discussed in class. Assignment feedback will be provided via comments.

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

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    Required Resources

    The software used in this unit is available in public domain. The software is PGP encryption software which is available at:




    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 OSI Security Architecture  
    2 07/03/11 Symmetric Encryption  
    3 14/03/11 Asymmetric Encryption  
    4 21/03/11 Authentication Applications  
    5 28/03/11 Web Security  
    6 04/04/11 Wireless Security  
    7 11/04/11 Electronic Mail Security 15 April 2011 (assignment 1 due)
    8 18/04/11 IP Security  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Intrusion Detection and Response  
    10 09/05/11 Malicious Software Attack  
    11 16/05/11 Firewall Defence  
    12 23/05/11 Network Management 27 May 2011 (assignment 2 due)
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks


    • Assessment task 1
      Assignment 1
      This assignment is designed to test students' understanding of symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic concepts and how they can be applied in real applications. This will be based on the topics covered in the first 6 weeks.
      Criteria for assessment:
      Details in assignment specification.
      Due date:
      15 April 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      Assignment 2
      This assignment is designed to test students' understanding of security protocols and standard practices, including wireless security. This will be based on the topics covered in Week 7-11.
      Criteria for assessment:
      Details in assignment specification.
      Due date:
      27 May 2011


    • Examination 1
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments


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    Key educational policies include:

    Student services

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    Reference Text

    • W. Stallings, "Network Security Essentials: Applications and Standards", Pearson International, Fourth edition, 2010.

    Recommended Text

    • O. Poole, "Network Security - A Practical Guide", Butterworth Heinemann, 2003.
    • J. H. Allen, "The CERT Guide to System and Network Security Practices", Addison-Wesley, 2001.
    • M. Kaeo, "Designing Network Security : A Practical Guide to Creating a Secure Network Infrastructure", Cisco Press, 2004.
    • R. Oppliger, "Security Technologies for the World Wide Web", Artech House, 2003.
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