Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare is an online study unit provided by Macquarie University in association with Open Universities Australia. The unit has been created in response to the changing security needs of governments and business alike, as they attempt to respond to the increasing threat of hackers and cyber terrorists.

In essence, the unit provides a highly sophisticated analysis of the threat of cyber terrorism, and examines the way in which hackers can exploit and infiltrate cyber systems, networks and applications used by governments and businesses. The unit aims to evaluate major weaknesses in systems, and equip students with a strong understanding of the security strategies and tactics that may be employed to combat these external threats.

The unit also details the specific tactics terrorists use to target corporations and government departments, and how to implement security strategies to mitigate these risks.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol on this program if you have already completed the following unit:

  • Information Warfare and Cyber Terrorism

You must also be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Certificate of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies/Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

Areas of study

In this Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Cybercrime and cyberterrorism
  • Characteristics of cybercrime
  • Characteristics of cyberterrorism
  • Underpinning architecture I: vulnerabilities of computer systems
  • Underpinning architecture II: vulnerabilities Of computer networks
  • Underpinning architecture III: threats and responses
  • Behaviour I: social engineering
  • Behaviour II: cryptography
  • Behaviour III: privacy issues
  • Mitigation I: authentication and biometrics
  • Mitigation II: intelligence technologies
  • Mitigation III: cyber defence/cyber offence
  • The future: skynet

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Certificate of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Master of International Security Studies/Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare provides you with postgraduate expertise in an area that is vital to the security of practically every major organisation in the world, meaning if you are planning on a career in high-level digital security, this unit will help cement your knowledge and provide a strong stepping stone to further academic pursuits in the field.

You will learn which tactics cyber criminals use to target organisations, and which kind of digital infrastructures they most easily infiltrate. Knowing how to stop these individuals in their tracks is essential to the risk management and security of any modern organisation, and having competencies in the subject will set you apart in a highly competitive digital economy. In particular, this unit will greatly benefit those looking at a career at the very top of the security industry.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUAÕs full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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