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ECM3437 - Cyber Security 1 (2019)

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MODULE TITLECyber Security 1 CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3437 MODULE CONVENER Alexander Richardson-Hall (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 15
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

***DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP STUDENTS ONLY***

A cyber security analyst is responsible for the implementation, maintenance and support of the security controls that protect an organisation’s systems and data assets from threats and hazards. They ensure that security technologies and practices are operating in accordance with the organisation’s policies and standards to provide continued protection. They require a broad understanding of network infrastructure, software and data to identify where threat and hazard can occur. They are responsible for performing periodic vulnerability assessments to evaluate the organisation’s ongoing security posture and will provide visibility to management of the main risks and control status on an ongoing basis. They respond to security incidents and implement resolution activities across the organisation.

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to build on your skills and knowledge in cyber security principles and techniques and their application in the business context. The module gives an introduction to the detection and assessment of security hazards and risks as well as basic skills in implementing security controls.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1. Analyse and evaluate security threats and vulnerabilities to planned and installed information systems or services

2. Perform security risk assessments for a range of information systems and propose solutions

3. Perform a business impact analysis in response to a security incident

4. Research and investigate common and emerging attack techniques

5. Identify and follow organisational security policies and standards and implement security processes in line with policies and standards

6. Analyse security requirements including functional and non-functional security requirements that may be presented in a security case.

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

7. Demonstrate understanding of the types of security (confidentiality, authentication; non-repudiation; service integrity) and security big picture (network security; host OS security; physical security)

8. Demonstrate understanding of main types of common attack techniques, including phishing, social engineering, malware, network interception, blended techniques, denial of service and theft

9. Recognise and assess risk including performing a risk assessment

10. Recognise the typical security hazards that may concern an organisation

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:

11. Communicate orally and in writing

12. Think analytically and critically

13. Organise your own work

14. Work to a deadline

15. Make decisions

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Introduction (2 weeks)

•          Typical security hazards that may concern an organisation

           o          Security context: network security; host OS security; physical security

           o          Common attack techniques: phishing, social engineering, malware, network interception, blended techniques, denial of service, theft

•          Types of security: confidentiality, authentication; non-repudiation; service integrity

 

Detecting and analysing security incidents (3 weeks)

•          Intruder/intrusion types and methods

•          Monitoring and detection

•          Forensic analysis

 

Assessing security risk for different types of information system (3 weeks)

•          Risk assessment frameworks

•          Analysing functional and non-functional security requirements

           o          Analysing environment, assets and system architecture

           o          Researching common and emerging attack techniques

           o          Identifying threats (present, past and future)

           o          Use of tools

           o          Prioritising assets and vulnerabilities

 

Implementing network security controls in line with policies and standards (4 weeks)

•          Identifying and following organisational security policies and standards

•          Network access

•          Intrusion prevention

•          Identity and access management

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 22.00 Guided Independent Study 128.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 18 Online learning activity, including virtual workshops, synchronous and asynchronous virtual lectures and other e-learning.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 2 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 2 Group workshops
Guided independent study 128 Coursework, exam preparation and self-study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Contribution to class discussion N/A 7-15 Verbal
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 60 Written Exams 40 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Security controls implementation 60 3,000 words 1-15 Written
Written exam 40 2 hours 1-15 Written
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Security controls implementation (60%) Security controls implementation 1-15 Completed over summer with a deadline in August
Written exam (40%) Written exam (2 hours) 1-15 August assessment period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be deferred in the assessment. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you may be required to sit a referral. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE: vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Stewart, J. M., Chapple, M., Gibson, D. CISSP (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide 7th Sybes 2015 978-1119042716 [Library]
Set Graham, J.. Howard, R., Olson, R. Cyber Security Essentials 1st CRC Press 2011 9781439851234 [Library]
Set Pfleeger, C. P., Pfleeger, S. L., Margulies, J Security in Computing 5th Prentice Hall 2015 978-0-13-408504-3 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 18 September 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Cyber, Security