INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT - 2017/8
Module code: COMM037
WILLIAMS DM Dr (Computer Sci)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 38
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||2 HOUR UNSEEN EXAMINATION||60|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Security is probably the greatest challenge for computer and information system in the near future. Many users have lost data due to viruses, both on home and business computers. Most of us have seen a range of emails messages attempting different kinds of fraud. Vulnerabilities are everywhere. Some are obvious or well-known; others are obscure and harder to spot. Security is not limited to secrecy and confidentiality, but also involves problems like integrity, availability, and effectiveness of information. Moreover, security issues can potentially affect all of us, from innocent home users to companies and even governments.
Security is not just a technical problem but needs to be embedded throughout an organisation to be effective. As such good security solutions build on a complete understanding of the values at stake, and the supporting business processes and requirements. This includes people as well as information systems and physical resources. Consequently, raising security awareness and embedding security within roles and policies is as important, if not more, as secure software. In short, secure solutions can only be implemented with both good technical skills and a good understanding of cultures and people skills.
This module aims at raising the awareness for the wide range of security issues present in today’s connected world and the technical and organisational challenges a business must face when building a secure solution.
The aim of the module is to equip the students with the analytical skills and knowledge to assess security in large systems and organisations, and to incorporate appropriate levels of security in the various steps of a systems lifecycle.
|Identify and discuss the benefits of embedding security throughout an organisation||KCP|
|Be able to identify assets and threats, and assess risks||K|
|Have an understanding of how to relate and adapt information systems in general and security solutions in particular to specific business processes and requirements to meet overall goals||KCP|
|Be able to suggest and justify technical and non-technical solutions to security problems||KCPT|
|Be able to communicate clearly and unambiguously about security problems to other people in an organisation||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Introduction to Information Security
The business need for security:
Confidentiality, availability, integrity et al
Components of an information system: Software, hardware, data, people, procedures
System and security development lifecycles
Risk Management terminology: Agents, threats, vulnerabilities, etc
Risk Identification, assessment (quantitative and qualitative)
Risk appetite and residual risk
Selecting a risk control strategy
Planning for Security
Methodologies for Information Security Evaluation and Assurance
ISO 27000, Common Criteria
Security education and training
The role of cryptography in security
Cryptographic algorithms and their application
Cryptographic tools, PKI, digital signatures
Examples of secure protocols
Practical Information Security Management
Formal security modelling and analysis
Penetration testing approaches and tools
Firewalls and VPNs
Intrusion detection, scanning and analysis tools
Physical security controls
Implementing Information Security
Information security project management
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to help students achieve the learning outcomes of the module through
• in-class discussions of case studies and news articles
• in-class group exercises
• individual assignment
• practical lab sessions
The learning and teaching methods include:
• Lectures (11 weeks at 1h)
• Tutorial, workshop or lab sessions (11 weeks at 2h)
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have achieved the module learning outcomes.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• An individual report analysing different ISM standards. This addresses LO1, 2, 3, 4
• An exam testing all LOs.
The individual coursework is due around week 9. The exam takes place at the end of the semester during the exam period.
Formative assessment and feedback
No formative assessment is provided but feedback is given during the class discussions, lab sessions and workshops and as part of the feedback provided for the summative assessments, e.g., lectures will conclude with an activity sheet and feedback will be provided on answers provided.
Reading list for INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/comm037
Programmes this module appears in
|Information and Process Systems Engineering MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Information Security MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Information Systems MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) MSc||1||Core||Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.