INFOSYS 727 : Advanced Information Security

Business and Economics

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Focuses on technical security issues of the systems used in today's information technology applications. Explores the practical issues of identification and authentication, security of operating systems, cryptography, disaster recovery and contingency planning, and discusses the relevant theoretical models. Managerial aspects of information security issues as well as legal and ethical issues arising from protecting computer files both from a New Zealand and global perspective will be addressed. The course follows the content of CISSP certification.

Course Overview

This course is for students who want to expand their knowledge of computers, networks, and business security. The course follows the content of CISSP certification, but it is not necessary that the student specifically target CISSP certification, while the course is setup to support that objective, the student who desires to learn more about security, but who does not aspire to earn the CISSP certification at this time, will benefit from taking this course. The structure of the course is designated to correspond with the domains of knowledge for the CISSP certification, called the Common Body of Knowledge. Current information security issues will be also presented like security issues related to IoT, quantum computing, and phenomena of cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. Important part of the course is security laboratory presenting various tools used to secure functioning of information systems. This course is a next logical step after gaining basic knowledge related to use of information systems in business. After graduation from this course the students will be able to effectively use their information technology tools to mitigate the risk of being exposed to possible attacks against their IT systems.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Shows advanced knowledge of the information security concepts (security protocols, human-computer interfaces, access control, cryptography and distributed systems issues) (Capability 1)
  2. Evaluate and apply solution solving developmental, managerial and audit issues including the review of the related law, evidence collection and security policies (Capability 2)
  3. Demonstrate critical and creative thinking to formulate and justify appropriate recommendations and/or solutions to an information security problem (Capability 2 and 3)
  4. Present an argument in highly structured format and clearly discuss the central ideas. (Capability 2 and 4.2)
  5. Contribute to own team’s success by helping the team to move forward, participating in setting goals, and articulating alternative ways to solve problems (Capability 4.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
8 Laboratories reports and Presentations 20% Group & Individual Coursework
1 Lab tests 10% Individual Coursework
1 Group project 20% Group & Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
8 Laboratories reports and Presentations
1 Lab tests
1 Group project
Final Exam
  • The minimum pass mark for this course is a C-. However, to progress further in the program you must score at least 25 points from the final examination. Failing to do so will result in the D+ grade irrespective of the coursework results.

Workload Expectations

The structure of this course reflects the 10 domains of knowledge for obtaining the CISSP certification (CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional). This includes professional practices such as: access control, cryptography, physical security, related regulations, polices, laws, and other organizational categories.

The course is the first step on the path to obtain CISSP certification or becoming an information security professional.

This course need about 150 hours learning during the semester including:

• 36 contact hours (lectures)

• 9 hours laboratories

• 45 hours self-study

• 60 hours of work on case studies

The key to successful completion of the course and reducing stress is a regular study program during the whole semester.

Attendance at the lectures is not obligatory but is highly recommended.

Lectures will be recorded.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at labs to receive credit for that component of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities will not be available as recordings.
The course will include live online class discussions.
Attendance on campus for domestic students and online for overseas students is required for tests and exam. The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

• P. Gregory, CISSP Guide to Security Essentials, Course Technology, second edition, 2015, ISBN 978-1-285-06042-2

Other useful books/materials:
• M. Whitman and H. Mattord, Principles of Information Security, Thomson - Course Technology, 2021, Seventh Edition, ISBN 978-0-357-50643-1
• L. Janczewski and W. Caelli, Cyber Conflicts and Small States, Ashgate, 2016, ISBN 978-1-4724-5219-1
• Software used in lab will be provided by instructors
• Lectures notes distributed via Canvas
• Links to related publications in newspapers, magazines and journals will be provided from time to time.
Students are required to complete the prescribed readings and be fully prepared to contribute to the in-depth discussions.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

  • Students will be asked to complete:  Formative fast feedback early in the semester and  Course and teaching evaluations at the end of the course
  • We will seek volunteers to serve as class reps.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Class representative will be elected at the first class.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 08/08/2022 11:27 a.m.