Information Technology Security

Module code: 5BUIS003W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Students in all faculties, however some courses already include cross-disciplinary modules and are structured to offer opportunities to expand professional skills. Students on these courses are unable to choose Westminster Plus Electives – check the list of courses

This module examines the issues involved with recognising security threats to computer systems, their consequences, and methods of dealing with such threats. In particular, it provides an overview of access controls, information security governance and risk management, software development security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, legal issues and compliance, and physical security.

By the time you complete the module you will be able to describe and discuss the major areas of threat to security across a wide range of systems, as well as the breadth and limitations of related controls. You will be able to identify and assess information security risks and propose systems and controls; describe and discuss the legal and regulatory consequences of security threats; describe software development security and evaluate risk in software design. You will also be able to analyse issues relating to environmental security and select and evaluate different approaches to business continuity and disaster recovery.

Teaching and learning methods involve a combination of lectures and lab-based tutorials. Assessment will be split between a group case study report – a template-based report offering threat analysis and defence, which will explore multiple technical aspects – and an in-class, closed-book exam.