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Undergraduate | LTU-CSE1ICB-2023

Introduction to Cybersecurity

Explore the basic principles of cybersecurity. Get familiar with industry terminology, software, and best practices. You’ll learn about the importance of protecting data. Study real-world cyber threats and delve into current solutions.

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Study method

100% online


Subject may require attendance

Entry requirements

No ATAR needed

No prior study


12 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023
  • 31 July 2023

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HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

Describe key emerging cybersecurity practices, regulations and standards.

Demonstrate foundation skills in safeguarding data, systems and networks.

Compare approaches for cyber risk management used to address real world problems.

Identify approaches to digital forensics, application security and network security in the context of cyberspace.

Show understanding of data security, web security and cryptography and possible solutions to cyber threats.

    • • History, fundamental concepts and terminology of cybersecurity.
    • • Software and application security.
    • • History and evolution of computer networks and threats.
    • • Basics of cryptography.
    • • Safe handling of data in digital business.
  • In the modern Internet era, industries and organisations need to be prepared to defend against cyber threats and attacks. Stakeholders should be familiar with basic principles and best practices of cybersecurity to protect their businesses and personal information. In this subject, these principles and strategies for future cyber security are explored. Key topics include: information security; ethical and legal practices; mitigating cyber vulnerabilities; and the process of incident response and analysis. The subject introduces the broad discipline of cybersecurity and outlines how to ensure the privacy, reliability, confidentiality and integrity of information systems and mitigate against cyber threats and risks.

    • Lab Quiz 1 (equivalent to 250 Words) (10%)
    • Written Threat assessment (equivalent to 750 Words) (20%)
    • Data breach Analysis (equivalent to 750 Words) (20%)
    • Lab Quiz 2 (equivalent to 250 Words) (10%)
    • Final Exam (equivalent to 2000 Words) (40%)
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  • The third university established in Victoria, La Trobe University has a diverse community of more than 38,000 students and staff. Its commitment to excellence in teaching and research prepares students to make a bold and positive impact in today's global community. La Trobe provides Open Universities Australia with its core tenets, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

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Entry requirements

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Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed CSE3CSX (Cybersecurity Fundamentals) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.

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