Computer Security and Cryptography - CO634

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) PROF J Hernandez Castro
Medway Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR C Perez Delgado


CO324 Computer Systems, CO526 Distributed Systems and Networks





Security has always been an important aspect of computing systems but its importance has increased greatly in recent years. In this module you learn about areas where security is of major importance and the techniques used to secure them. The areas you look at include computer operating systems (and increasingly, distributed operating systems), distributed applications (such as electronic commerce over the Internet) and embedded systems (ranging from smart cards and pay-TV to large industrial plant and telecommunications systems).


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Lectures: 30 (each one including 1 hour extra study), Directed reading: 6 hours.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

have an understanding of the algorithms used in cryptography and be able to perform implementations of selected algorithms in this area
have an understanding of the threats faced by computer operating systems, applications and networks and the various counter measures that can be used
be able to make informed choices of the appropriate security measures to put into place for a given network and/or operating system
have an understanding of how cryptography can be used for providing security within applications.

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