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Area/Catalogue
COMP 5074

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Course Level
Postgraduate

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Offered Externally
Yes

Note: This offering may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Course ID
172215

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s

Second Semester
(Study Period 5)
Course owner

Course owner
UniSA STEM

Course aim

To provide knowledge in applied cryptography and skills for applying data protection methods to data-at-rest and data-in-transit in modern communication networks and emerging technologies.

Course content

The course content includes:

  • Essential mathematical background including concepts of complexity theory, modular arithmetic, factoring of large numbers, the discrete log problem.
  • Core cryptographic concepts: attacker or threat model, security notions, principles of cryptanalysis.
  • Symmetric-key cryptography: block ciphers, stream ciphers, authenticated encryption, hashing and collision resistance, message authentication codes for data integrity and sender authentication.
  • Asymmetric-key cryptography: signing and verification using RSA, DSA and ECC algorithms, homomorphic encryption.
  • Principles of cryptographic protocols, e.g. Diffie-Hellman key exchange.
  • Introduction to quantum computing and post-quantum cryptography.
  • Applications of cryptographic methods to information assurance problems.
  • Development of security policies based on technical and non-technical standards and frameworks.

Textbook(s)

J. Katz and Y. Lindell 2021, Introduction to Modern Cryptography, 3rd, CRC Press

Prerequisite(s)

Nil

Corequisite(s)

Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
INFS 5115 Security Principles

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Tutorial 2 hours x 13 weeks
Practical 2 hours x 3 weeks
EXTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES, ONLINE
External N/A x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assessment

Practical, Quiz, Research paper

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note: all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation.

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