Information Systems and Network Security

COM 4024 – Information Systems and Network Security

Assignment 1

Dear students,

This is your first assignment for this course that accounts for 30% of your total marks for the course.

Please provide an elaborate answer on each of the following questions:

  1. Explain the basic task for security
  2. Define threat and
  3. What are the four categories of security threats? Explain and

Threats can be classified into four different categories: 

  • direct threat
  • An indirect threat
  • veiled threat
  • conditional threat
  1. Explain active and passive attack with example? Please elaborate on your answer.
  1. Define and elaborate on
  2. Define confidentiality. Give some examples of events. Think outside box.

Word Count: 5000 words (maximum) Submit to VLE the following:

Your answers in a pdf or docx document.

Your work needs to be well written and have quality information. Your work must be clear and must be able to educate someone with no prior knowledge in the field of operating systems.

Assignment Evaluation Rules:

  • Overall presentation 10%
  • Structure 10%
  • Introduction 10%
  • Main body
    • Critical analysis/evaluation 50%
    • Recommendations 10%
    • Conclusion 10%


  • Please read and apply the rules for
  • The assignment is your own individual work. I expect all sent assignments to be very different from one another even if they are based on the same
  • The deadline is the end of week
  • This is worth 30% of your mark
  • Each question carries equal marks!

Useful Sources

Lezzi, M., Lazoi, M., & Corallo, A. (2018). Cybersecurity for Industry 4.0 in the current literature: A reference framework. Computers in Industry103, 97-110.

Safa, N. S., Maple, C., Watson, T., & Von Solms, R. (2018). Motivation and opportunity based model to reduce information security insider threats in organisations. Journal of information security and applications40, 247-257.

Gunduz, M. Z., & Das, R. (2020). Cyber-security on smart grid: Threats and potential solutions. Computer networks169, 107094.