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FIT2093: Introduction to cyber security

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal datesfor the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


One of FIT1047 or FIT1031 or equivalent and one of FIT1045, FIT1048 or FIT1051 or equivalent introductory programming




This unit will provide students with knowledge of cyber security issues, and their relevance to the management of information systems in contemporary organisations. Students will learn about common cyber attacks and the techniques for identifying, detecting, and defending against cyber-security threats. Further students will have an understanding of the ethical and privacy issues relating to the security of information systems. Additionally students will be required to analyse and assess recent developments and future trends in cyber security technologies.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically assess cyber threats and risks to an organisation’s information systems;
  2. implement access control mechanisms to prevent unauthorised access;
  3. apply cryptographic techniques to disguise information;
  4. apply appropriate countermeasures to defend against cyber security threats;
  5. describe the ethical and privacy issues relating to security of information systems.


Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours lectures
    • Two hours laboratories
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tute, prac and assignment expectations.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ron Steinfeld

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Computer networks and security

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