Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8954 | 2024
Simulation in Cyber Security
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In this sequential course, you’ll put the knowledge you’ve gained in cyber security into practice with a simulation of a real-world crisis. Solve problems and find solutions using research and analysis in teams.
Simulation in Cyber Security
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Understand the strengths and weaknesses of simulation & role-playing as an educational and professional tool.
- Understand decision-making, bargaining situations and group dynamics in a political-strategic context.
- Evaluate tools and software commonly used to attack/protect networks in complex and evolving real-world situations.
- Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional audiences through the Cyber Security sections of the briefing papers.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics in this unit will be provided in the study materials.
This subject was formerly known as PICX954 Simulation in Cyber Security
This subject provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gain throughout their program of study to a real world crisis. By participating in a dynamic simulation, students will be required to solve problems and find solutions to real world challenges. Students will be assigned to an executive team that includes students with different skill sets and knowledge. These executive teams may include strategists, intelligence analysts, criminologists, counter terrorism experts, and cyber security analysts. Students enrolled in Simulation in Cyber Security will perform the role of the cyber security analyst. Their mission will be to formulate solutions by employing the academic, research, analysis and workplace skills they acquired throughout their program. In particular, they will be required to use their knowledge of cyber security suites –including offensive tools– to provide detailed assessments of the evolving situation/scenario. They will also be responsible for the cyber security sections of ministerial briefing papers that each group will have to provide as part of their assessment tasks. The student will be required to make policy recommendations based on his assessment of the situation.
- Policy Brief (50%)
- Simulation (50%)
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Part of a degree
To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- MAQ-CYB-MAS-2024 - Master of Cyber Security Analysis
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
MAQ-PICX954 (Not currently available)
Admission to MCyberSec and 60cp at 8000 level or above including (PICX8012 or PICX812) and (PICX8080 or PICX808) and (PICX8040 or PICX840) or (PICX8048 or PICX848) and (PICX8049 or PICX849)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT950, PICT951, PICT952, PICT953, PICT954, PICT955,
PICX950, PICX951, PICX952, PICX953, PICX954, PICX955
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
PICT8950 Strategic Simulation; PICT8951 Simulation in Security and Strategy; PICT8952 Simulation in Criminology ; PICT8953 Simulation in Intelligence; PICT8954 Simulation in Cyber Security; PICT8955 Simulation in Counter Terrorism
PICX8950 Strategic Simulation; PICX8951 Simulation in Security and Strategy; PICX8952 Simulation in Criminology; PICX8953 Simulation in Intelligence; PICX8955 Simulation in Counter Terrorism
- Other requirements -
The second half of the unit when students are doing the simulation/wargame, will be delivered in an intensive mode, students are required to have an intensive level of involvement for 2 weeks.
Note:Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses