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CMP71001 Cybersecurity


Unit Cybersecurity

Unit code CMP71001

Assignment 2 Security consultation report and guideline.

Due Date Monday 3rd February 2020 23:59:59.


Outcomes                    3 – 6


Attributes                   3, 4 & 5

Weight                         30% of overall unit assessment

Suggestion                  This assignment is developmental and cumulative. You are strongly advised to start doing this assignment from Week-7 in your study. Leaving your starting date to the week before the due date is a very poor strategy for success in the unit.

Marks                           A marking scheme is provided here and will be posted on MySCU to help you direct your efforts successfully.

CMP71001 Cybersecurity
CMP71001 Cybersecurity

Task Description

You are hired by Southern Cross University as a cybersecurity consultant to work on a security program to address the contemporary and emerging risks from the cyber threats the university is facing. Your tasks are the following:

  • Task 1: the university is currently using a password based authentication system to control the user access to the university’s information system. However, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy recently implemented by the university has raised some security concerns. As there is no SCU BYOD policy given, you can include as one of your assumptions that the SCU BYOD policy was developed in line with the Australian Cyber Security Centre guidelines that have been provided. As a security consultant, assess the risk from the BYOD policy to the university’s information system.
  • Task 2: After the assessing the risk from the BYOD policy, you suggest the university to replace the current password-based authentication scheme with a Certificate-Based Authentication. To justify your suggestion, write a technical report to explain the working principle of the Certificate-Based Authentication mechanism and discuss why the university should use the mechanism in this case by comparing it with the password-based authentication mechanism. Use figure when necessary to support your answers.
  • Task 3: You have identified Spamming is among the top cybersecurity threats facing by the university. Use the Spam Act 2003 and available online resources to

develop a guideline for the university students and staff to combat with the threat. The guideline will include the following:

  • Definition of spam and its distinctive characteristics.
    • At least three (3) real examples of spams showing the spam characteristics.
    • An instruction to the users of how to recognise and safely handle a spam.
    • An instruction to the IT administrator of how to minimize the spam threat.

Assignment-2 guideline

Task 1: BOYD risk assessment

To complete this task, use the following guidelines:

  • Identify the most critical components of the university’s information system – the critical information assets.
  • Identify what threats the BYOD policy may bring to the identified critical assets.
  • Identify potential vulnerabilities of each asset against the identified threats.
  • Assess the risk to the university’s information system using either quantitative or qualitative risk assessment approach and document the risk assessment process.

Task 2: Certificate-based Authentication

To complete this task, use the following guidelines:

  • Perform necessary research to understand the working principle, pros and cons of the Certificate-based Authentication mechanism. Document all reference sources.
  • Write a technical report to explain the working principle of the Certificate-based Authentication mechanism. Compare the certificate-based authentication against the password-based authentication and highlight the features you think are useful for combating the threats from the BYOD policy.
  • Note that you are not allowed to cut and paste from online resources. Use your own words and figures. Acknowledge all reference sources.

Task 3: Anti-spam Guideline

To complete this task, use the following guidelines:

  • Read and understand Spam Act 2003. The Spam Act 2003 document is available at: The Act will help you to define what type of electronic messages should be treated as spams, what are the distinctive characteristics of a spam and what act is considered as spamming?
  • Search for 3 representative examples of spams or use your own spams as examples.
  • Use samples from reputable online resources to help you with the development of spam handling instructions. The instructions should be clear, concise and precise.

Assignment-2 Marking Rubric

The following marking rubric will be used for the marking of your submission. It contains a detailed breakdown of the marking criteria for this assignment. Make sure you read CAREFULLY this to understand how your work would be graded against each of the defined criteria.

Criteria Marks Note to the student
Task1 12  
  Identify the most critical components of the university’s information system – the critical information assets     3 Access control is a critical component of any information system from security perspective. WFA can help to identify the most critical component. If you don’t use WFA, provide arguments to justify your choice of the critical components.
Identify what threats the BYOD policy may bring to the identified critical assets   3 Do not bring in any threats. Think about BYOD policy that allows many devices to connect to the network.
Identify potential vulnerabilities of each asset against the identified threats   3   Use TVA worksheet to document this process.
Assess the risk to the university’s information system. 3 You can use either quantitative or qualitative risk assessment method.
Task 2 10  
Clearly explains the working principle of the certificate-based authentication.   3  
Compare and contrast the certificate-based authentication and password-based authentication.   3  
Correctly identify and highlight the useful features of the certificate-based authentication for BYOD policy.   3  
  Quality of references   1 Reference from reputable sources e.g. textbook, research papers, technical reports.
Task 3 7  
Correctly identify the characteristics of a Spam and Spamming act.   2  
  Provide three representative examples of Spams   2  
Spam handling instruction 3  
Documentation 1  
    Professional presentation.     1 Arguments are well and logically supported; Correct grammars and spelling.
Total 30  

Format, Presentation and length

There is no report template to be used in this assignment, so you can design your own template or refer to online resources. However, the report should be well presented in a standard report format.

Due to the system setting constraint, the report 1 length was set with 1500 words in the unit UIG. You are advised that there is no formal word limit for the report. However, a good report is expected to be somewhere in the vicinity of 2,000 – 3,000 words from Introduction to Conclusion. Note that this is a very rough estimate and there will be no penalties imposed based on the number of words (no real ceiling if the content is precise and relevant!)

Submission Format

When you have completed the assignment, you are required to submit your assignment in the PDF/DOC format. The file will be named using the following convention:

filename = FirstInitialYourLastName_CMP71001_A2.pdf

(i.e. FJones_CMP71001_A2.pdf)

Original work

It is a University requirement that a student’s work complies with the Academic Policy, Chapter 4.20 on Student Academic Integrity. It is a student’s responsibility to be familiar with the Policy.

Failure to comply with the Policy can have severe consequences in the form of University sanctions. For information on this Policy please refer to Chapter 4.20 on Student Academic Integrity at the following website:

As part of a University initiative to support the development of academic integrity, assessments may be checked for plagiarism, including through an electronic system, either internally or by a plagiarism checking service, and be held for future checking and matching purposes.

A Turnitin link has been set up to provide you with an opportunity to check the originality of your work until your due date. Please make sure you review the report generated by the system and make changes (if necessary!) to minimise the issues of improper citation or potential plagiarism. If you fail to follow this step, your report may not be graded or may incur late feedback.

Retain duplicate copy

Before submitting the assignment, you are advised to retain electronic copies of original work. In the event of any uncertainty regarding the submission of assessment items, you may be requested to reproduce a final copy.

School Extension Policy

In general, I will NOT give extension unless where there are exceptional circumstances.

Students wanting an extension must make a request at least 24 hours before the assessment item is due and the request must be received in writing by the unit assessor or designated academic. Extensions within 24 hours of submission or following the submission deadline will not be granted (unless supported by a doctor’s certificate or where there are exceptional circumstances – this will be at unit assessor’s discretion and will be considered on a case by case basis). Extensions will be for a maximum of 48 hours (longer extensions supported by a doctor’s certificate or alike to be considered on a case by case basis).

A penalty of 5% of the total available grade will accrue for each 24-hour period that an assessment item is submitted late. Therefore, an assessment item worth 20 marks will have 1 marks deducted for every 24-hour period and at the end of 20 days will receive 0 marks.

Students who fail to submit following the guidelines in this Unit Information Guide will be deemed to have not submitted the assessment item and the above penalty will be applied until the specified submission guidelines are followed.

Marks and Feedback

All assessment materials submitted during the semester will normally be marked and returned within two weeks of the required date of submission (provided that the assessment materials have been submitted by the due date).

Marks will be made available to each student via the MySCU Grade book.

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