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New SECedu courses go online in 2018!

SECedu will offer three security courses - online and for free - in 2018.

2017 has been a huge year of experimentation and learning on campus. We've taught two of the six new subjects developed under SECedu for the first time (COMP6443 - Web Application Security and COMP6445 - Digital Forensics). Many of our students, meanwhile, have taken to teaching each other, volunteering to host workshops in the SECedu lab.

While all of these new courses have been taught for the first time, we haven't had much of a chance to upload new content to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) at OpenLearning.

In 2018, we're doubling down on the MOOC.

In Semester One, students at OpenLearning will be able to study two subjects, all offered within a fortnight of students on campus:

  • COMP6441 (Security Engineering)

Professor Richard Buckland's original introduction to security engineering will feature new games and puzzles, and over 25 hours of lectures recorded over three successive years.

  • COMP6443 (Web Application Security and Testing)

We'll also be offering Web Application Security online for the first time. You'll hear lectures from Norman Yue and Abhijeth Dugginapeddi, and from alumni like John Cramb and Sean Yeoh. There'll be flags to be captured and events to meet-up with fellow learners.

We'll also be sharing some lectures from Brendan Hopper and Fionnbharr Davies' pioneering COMP9447 course on System and Software Assurance.

It's with great excitement we can announce that Brendan Hopper is back in 2018 to teach a re-cut version of this course, with a focus on operating systems security and exploit development. He'll be teaching this course hands-on to a select set of students in the SECedu lab.

To give you a taste of what's to come, here's a sneak preview of Brendan and Fionnbharr's introductory lecture at a two-day masterclass in Sydney last year.

We'll preview some more content in the new year...