Information Security

Module summary

Module code: COMP1806
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Computing and Mathematical Sci.
Module Coordinator(s): Emmanouil Panaousis


Pre and co requisites

Level 4 knowledge of binary and hexadecimal numbering systems.


Information security focuses on information security threats, risks and corresponding countermeasures. This includes confidentiality, integrity and availability in different computer systems, taking into account also privacy, secure design and introducing cryptography and its applications.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Understand, apply and evaluate the principles of secure design across a range of case studies
2 Demonstrate a critical appreciation of security risks for different systems and organisations
3 Demonstrate an understanding of algorithms and procedures covering cryptography and its applications
4 Demonstrate an understanding of social engineering and related threats and countermeasures
5 Demonstrate an appreciation of the legal, social and ethical issues in relation to information security and privacy

Indicative content

Principles of information security; Secure design principles; Privacy; Authentication; Encoding, hashing, encryption, public key infrastructures, digital signatures, certificates, blockchain, social engineering.