Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » CISC1008 / CISG113 – Information Security and Privacy
Suggested Year of Study:1 to 2theme-2
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FST

Department of Computer and Information Science



Course Description

This course exposes the student to a broad range of computer systems and information security topics. It is designed to provide a general knowledge of information security and privacy, including basic concepts, terminologies, and social issues. This course outlines the methods of protecting data security by following the procedure of capturing, processing and utilizing data. It combines core information technology concepts such as Internet, communication, database, etc, with the social and ethical concerns regarding security and privacy. This course introduces each important area from both the user and the IT professional’s perspective, lays out the security vulnerabilities and possible threats, and follows technical and legal countermeasures to address them.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of IT and the related ethical issues;
  2. Describe the principles and concepts related to information security and privacy;
  3. Outline and analyze the impacts of information security issues on information facilities;
  4. Describe the usage of various encryption methods and the related ethical issues;
  5. Analyze and explain the impacts of computer crime to the society;
  6. Apply technical and legal countermeasures to address information security threats.