Foundations of Cryptography

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Gain foundational cryptography knowledge and skills.

Learn the skills you need to identify, analyse and respond to cyber attacks and threats.

This course may be stacked into a Master degree. 


Key facts

Course category
Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Introductory Courses, Cybersecurity, Master Microcredentials, Security and Risk, Networks and Technology

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There are no prerequisites for this short course
Digital Credential

Why this course?

Aimed at people with no prior experience, this  fully online microcredential will give you the skills to identify security flaws and apply cryptographic algorithms to combat threats. 


Together with its companion course, IT Systems and Web Security, this microcredential can be stacked into a subject for potential advanced standing in the Master of Cybersecurity. 


Course content

Topics include:

  • Security concepts and OSI architecture
  • Security attacks and services
  • Models of network security
  • Cryptography, cryptanalysis and brute force attack
  • Symmetric and asymmetric cipher models
  • Types of attack known to cryptanalysis
  • Modular arithmetic. 

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a digital credential and earn 5 credit points that can be accumulated with its partner course, IT Systems and Web Security, to stack into ‘Networks, Systems and Web Security (CSE5NSW)’, a subject within the Master of Cybersecurity.  

You’ll learn:

This microcredential will equip you with basic skills in:

  • Identification of security flaws and vulnerabilities and design of access control mechanisms
  • Applying cryptographic algorithms and understanding the underlying mathematical structures
  • Analysing the current security protocols.

Your study experience

This fully online microcredential is delivered over 2 weeks.  The total expected time commitment for this course is 40 hours, which includes guided learning, extended reading and assessment.  


The assessment for this course comprises an online quiz, with a pass rate of 80%.  

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