Unit 5:  Security

Unit code: K/615/1623

Unit type: Core

Unit level:  QCF Level 4/ NFQ Level 6

Credit value: 15



Security is one of the most important challenges modern organisations face. Security is about protecting organisational assets, including  personnel, data, equipment and networks from attack through the use of prevention techniques in the form of vulnerability testing/security policies and detection techniques, exposing breaches in security and imple menting effective responses.

The aim of this unit is to provide students with knowledge of security, associated risks and how security breaches impac t on business continuity. Students will examine  security measures  involving  access authorisation, regulation  of use, imple menting contingency plans and devising security policies and procedures.

This unit introduces students to the detection of threats and vulnerabilities in physical and IT security, and how to manage risks relating to organisational security.

Among the topics included in this unit are Network Security design and operational topics, including address translation, DMZ, VPN, firewalls,  AV and intrusion detection systems. Remote access will be covered, as will the need for frequent vulnerability testing as part of organisational and security audit compliance.

Students will develop skills such as communic ation literacy, critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and interpretation, which are crucial for gaining employment and developing academic competence.


Learning  Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

LO1    Assess risks  to IT security.

LO2    Describe IT security solutions.

LO3    Review mec hanisms to control organisational IT security.

LO4    Manage organisational security.