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    Security policy, access control techniques, biometrics, intrusion monitoring, malicious code, communications security (cryptography), physical security, electronic forensics, mobile phone issues, and continuity and resiliency planning.

    In today's world everything is controlled and/or driven by computers. Just about everything we do is impacted by a computer somewhere - whether it's flying, filing your tax return, going to the hospital, working on an assignment for university at home, surfing the internet, participating in an email exchange or a Skype conversation, or using your smartphone for whatever purpose. The list goes on and on.

    Because of the ubiquitous nature of this technology and the level to which it impacts each and every one of us, it becomes apparent that protecting the various aspects of computing is vital to the continuity and proper functioning of this technology. In fact there are not enough trained or qualified professionals to fill the constant need for those who are able to provide protective and defensive measures.

    That notwithstanding, protecting your own usage of computing entails knowledge of exactly what the threats are and how to mitigate those threats. Each of us must put measures in place to protect our own informational assets.

    COMP 210 Information Assurance (aka computer security) provides the student with a foundational understanding of what is at stake and how to defend and protect information assets, whether they be your own or those of the business you work in. This knowledge is really not optional - it is vital to the continuity of every computing service that each of us uses. In business it is an essential imperative.

    About this paper

    Paper title Information Assurance
    Subject Computer and Information Science
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    36 100-level points
    INFO 393, INFO 403
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Commerce, Science
    This paper is suitable for those who have worked with and/or have used computers. Knowledge of programming or system design is not a requirement.

    Dr. Daniel Alencar da Costa

    Teaching staff

    Chris Edwards

    Mark George

    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper is structured around lectures supported by labs.


    Other texts and/or reference material will be recommended or provided.

    Course outline
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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    1. Identify risks associated with computer usage, storage, communications and mobile phone use and know how to mitigate those risks (critical thinking, business environment, disciplinary knowledge)
    2. Discuss the issues and principles of ethics and privacy - not only from an ICT perspective, but also from a general business perspective - and discuss how these issues apply to a professional career (critical thinking, business environment, disciplinary knowledge)
    3. Describe the basic properties of cryptography and be in a position to know when and where to use this technology, as well as understand the differences between good and bad cryptography in order to be able to make secure use of this tool (critical thinking, business environment, disciplinary knowledge)
    4. Critically evaluate physical security methods and, in particular, where and how these are applied to computing (critical thinking, business environment, disciplinary knowledge)
    5. Discuss the principles of electronic forensics, what can be achieved with it, what cannot be achieved by its use, and when and how to use it (critical thinking, business environment, disciplinary knowledge)
    6. Understand the importance of authentication systems, the relative strengths of the various authentication regimes currently in use and how intrusion detection works, as well as when and where to make use of penetration testing techniques (critical thinking, business environment, disciplinary knowledge)


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Computer Lab

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 30-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 17:00-17:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 17:00-17:50 29-35, 37-42
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