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Cybersecurity Law, Policy and Ethics

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: CYB60003

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

The unit aims to help students operate effectively in the cybersecurity governance arena implementing frameworks and developing policy responses to issues that arise. The unit introduces students to legal frameworks that govern cybersecurity in Australia and the key governance organisations. Students are also exposed to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union and mandatory reporting of data breaches in Australia and the growing body of ICMS including ISO 27K. Students will learn about the changing nature of cybersecurity threats the requirement for managers to maintain an up-to-date tool kit in relation to cyber law and policy.


  • Laws and legal frameworks that govern cybersecurity and cybercrime in Australia, including the key governance bodies of the internet
  • Governance of cybercrime and the internet in Australia and other common law jurisdictions, including the United States, Canada and the European Union (EU)
  • Understand the variety of national and international laws that have been enacted and proposed to deal with issues of data breaches, management of information, cyber attacks and online privacy
  • Appreciate the ethical issues that relate to the investigation/prosecution of cybercrime and the formation of laws in this area
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify some legal problems that may arise in business (e.g. privacy requirements, contractual relations and consumer protection) and some ability to predict how a legal problem might be solved
  • Privacy Act, ISO27,000(K)
  • Continuous improvement principles
  • Corporate policy
  • Policy framework
  • Risk acceptance, reduction, transfer and avoidance
  • Research methods

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