• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Thomas Haines
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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In Sem 2 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participation due to unavoidable COVID constraints.

This course covers a range of concepts, techniques and technologies in network security. This includes an overview of relevant network protocols and cryptography; analyses of designs and implementations of security protocols, including basic tools and techniques; an understanding of network threats and attacks such as eavesdropping, spoofing, protocol failures, DoS attacks and man-in-the-middle attacks; network defence including threat analysis and identification, architecture control, intrusion detection and layered security.

The course features hands-on lectures and labs to analyse network vulnerabilities, and design and implement appropriate defensive techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain network security issues
  2. Understand various threats and vulnerabilities of a network, and explain appropriate countermeasures
  3. Perform simple penetration testing of a network and network services
  4. Perform a threat analysis / vulnerability assessment of protocol designs and implementations
  5. Design and implement appropriate defensive countermeasures against identified threats and vulnerabilities

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quiz (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Assignments (60) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Final Exam (30) [LO 3,4,5]

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The workload will be approximately 130 hours, with a mixture of lectures, labs, assignments, independent reading and study.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have completed COMP2700 and COMP3310.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

The following are indicative of reference material for this course.

  • James Forshaw. Attacking Network Protocols: A Hacker's Guide to Capture, Analysis, and Exploitation. No Starch Press, 2018.
  • William Stallings. Cryptography and Network Security: Principles and Practice, 7th edition. Pearson, 2017.
  • Research papers and online reference materials


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7398 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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