Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 02 July 2021
29 July 2020
Requisites for this module
BSC YHG1 Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)
This module considers security as it relates to a single computer at an introductory level. Cryptography is introduced and the various scenarios that involve encryption and authentication are investigated. There will be practical work that will give students an opportunity to explore key security tools. The management and planning issues are covered in policy and risk management.
This module aims to consider security as it relates to a single computer at an introductory level. Cryptography is introduced and the various scenarios that involve encryption and authentication are investigated. There will be practical work that will give students an opportunity to explore key security tools. The management and planning issues are covered in policy and risk management.
After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:
1. Identify and describe common security vulnerabilities.
2. Describe the nature of malicious code and how it can spread, be identified and removed.
3. Compare the performance of various cryptographic schemes.
4. Explain the principles of risk analysis and use risk analysis to select controls.
Principles of security
- Confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA)
- Vulnerabilities, threats, controls
- Forensics and recovery of systems
- Common problems in applications
- Detailed example of stack based buffer overflow
Malware and malicious code
- Viruses, trojans, worms
- History and classification
- Anatomy of a virus and how viruses spread
- Identifying viruses and antivirus software
- Applications of encryption to computer security
- Types of encryption algorithms
- Examples of encryption algorithms commonly used
- Public-key cryptography
-Methods of user authentication
-Biometric access control (e.g. fingerprint, iris etc.)
-Other techniques (e.g. smartcard)
-Example security policy
This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Progress Test - wk 21
||Programming Assignment 1
||Programming Assignment 2
||Programming Assignment 3
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jianhua He, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Jianhua He, Dr Xinruo Zhang
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770
Dr Yunfei Chen
University of Warwick
Available via Moodle
Of 46 hours, 32 (69.6%) hours available to students:
14 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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