The module aims to examine the security and ethical issues of the vast implementation of smart devices known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is an environment where smart devices sense, anticipate, and respond to our needs as we manage them remotely. These smart devices often act as the gateway between our digital and physical world. The IoT touches many aspects of life including transportation, health care, safety, environment, energy, and more. This module will examine and discuss IoT technology and market specific topics, relevant case studies of IoT security vulnerabilities and attacks, and mitigation controls. Students will assess the health, safety, privacy, and economic impacts of IoT security events.
A. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the security and ethical issues of the Internet of Things
B. Identify vulnerabilities, including recent attacks, involving the Internet of Things
C. Describe countermeasures for Internet of Things threats
D. Analyse the societal impact of IoT security events
E. Compare and contrast the threats based on industry and/or device type
The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
Students will be expected to attend lectures, seminars as well as practicals in a computer lab. Lectures will introduce students to the academic content and practical skills which are the subject of the module, while computer practicals will allow students to practice those skills. In addition, students will be expected to devote six hours of unsupervised time to solving continuous assessment tasks and private study. Private study will provide time for reflection and consideration of lecture material and background reading.