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Networks and Cybersecurity Frameworks

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: CYB60004

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

About this unit

Networks for the transportation of information are age old and the current and future integrity of these systems require specialist knowledge and expertise, from the physical constructs to the frameworks that underlie the transport and security protocols. Management of networks and cybersecurity frameworks are fundamental to the protection of identity and data.

This unit introduces students to the foundations of cryptography, network fundamentals, security tools and software. This unit explores how systems and humans combine to become a cybersecurity threat forming the basis of control and standards frameworks. Students also examine a broad range of tools that are used in the infiltration, protection and monitoring of cyber networks.


  • Network topologies, concepts and protocols (eg specifically TCP/IP)
  • Overview of network security tools and software
  • Practical understanding of how actors get into networks; eg packet sniffing tools, breaking encryption
  • Authentication and authorization mechanisms and standards and public key infrastructure
  • Introduction to Blockchain
  • Cryptography
  • Secure transport mechanisms (SSL)
  • Frameworks: controls and standards
  • Systems hardening

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