Advanced Network Security - CO892

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Spring 7 15 (7.5) DR B Arief checkmark-circle


Email security issues: spam and phishing attacks; spam filtering systems. Spyware: system vulnerabilities; stealth techniques; detection and removal. Web based user tracking and adware. Network security and cybercrime. Data breaches and data loss prevention. Network forensics, network monitoring and packet analysis. Security of WiFi networks.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

13.1 Main assessment methods
Two reports (25% total)
Examination, 2-hour (75%)

13.2 Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Christos Douligeris & Dimitrios Nikolaou Serpanos, Network security: current status and future directions, John Wiley and Sons (2007).
Joseph Migga Kizza, Computer network security, Springer (2005).
Thomas M. Thomas, Network security first-step, Ed.2, Cisco Press (2004).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Have a knowledge of the threats faced by computer operating systems, applications and networks that originate from network-based attacks, intrusion and misuse;
8.2 Have a knowledge of the types of countermeasures that can be put in place in computer systems, networks, and network infrastructures to identify, reduce or prevent problems caused by network attacks or misuse;
8.3 Be capable of making informed choices of the appropriate countermeasures that should be put in place to protect systems from network attacks or misuse and to maintain network security;
8.4 Have a deeper and integrated understanding of selected key topics at the forefront of this field, including recent developments and outstanding issues;
8.5 Have the skills to keep abreast of future developments in network security;
8.6 Be able to undertake an investigation into areas covered by this module and report on their findings.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Time management and organisation;
9.2 Communication skills;
9.3 Be able to undertake an independent investigation into areas covered by this module and report on their findings;
9.4 Problem solving;
9.5 Independent study and appropriate use of relevant resources.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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