CS965 – Computer Security

Credits 20
Level 5
Semester 1
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Available only to MSc Advanced Computer Science, fifth year MEng Computer Science and fifth year MEng Computer & Electronic Systems students
Contact Lectures: 24 | Tutorials: 4 | Labs: 8
Assignments: 80 | Self study: 84
Assessment Students will complete an individual coursework-based assignment (50% of the marks) and sit an examination (50% of the marks).
Resit TBC
Lecturer Dr Changyu Dong

General Aims

This module aims to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the nature of security in the contexts of computers, information and networks.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, participants will:

  • be familiar with vulnerabilities and threats that assail current networked computers and their operating systems;
  • appreciate the central role of the end-user in attaining and maintaining system security;
  • understand the need and means for securing data communications;
  • appreciate the need for security measures, security audits and security policies;
  • be able to analyse and implement security requirements and security measures;
  • display skills and knowledge of computer, information and network security management.


  • the network context
  • the role and application of TCP/IP
  • the nature of security
  • security and the end-user
  • varieties of attack
  • viruses, worms and Trojans
  • example vulnerabilities
  • network defences
  • data security
  • wireless security
  • security audits and policies
  • security standards

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Network Security: A Practical Approach. J. L. Harrington , Morgan Kaufmann, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0123116338 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Computer Security: Principles and Practice. W. Stallings and L. Brown. Pearson Education, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0132775069 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)