|8W Teaching Period 1, 2022 Online|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Business|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||27 June 2022|
Examiner: Peter Ayriss
Social engineering is a common technique employed by cyber criminals. It uses deception to manipulate people into divulging information or taking action that can be exploited by cyber attackers for nefarious purposes. This minicourse provides a deep dive into what social engineering is, how it is executed, and why it is effective.
The minicourse applies a people-centred lens on social engineering to help students understand how human behaviour and psychological patterns can be exploited by cyber attackers. Students will learn about the structure of social engineering attacks - in particular, phishing and spear phishing attacks - and how these attacks can be interrupted. Understanding the threat, why it is so effective and how it can be mitigated is critical to reducing and managing risk. Real world examples from multiple industries are used to illustrate key principles.
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- critically analyse, reflect on and synthesize complex issues and specialized knowledge related to the role that people play in social engineering (CIS8710 LO1; LO2; LO4)
- interpret, articulate and communicate complex issues relating to human factors in cyber security to achieve targeted outcomes (CIS8710 LO5).
|1.||Social engineering: This topic gives students a foundational knowledge of social engineering, its different types and why it works||25.00|
|2.||Structure of social engineering attacks: This topic explores the structure of a social engineering attack, particularly through a specific social engineering framework||25.00|
|3.||Phishing: This topic focuses on one specific social engineering attack, phishing, which is one of the most common types of social engineering attacks||25.00|
|4.||Spear phishing: This topic focuses on one specific social engineering attack, spear phishing, which is one of the most common types of social engineering attacks||25.00|
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