LEGAL526-20A (HAM)

Legal Aspects of Cyber Security

30 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper is one of the core papers in the Master of Cyber Security degree. It is also open for Law masters and honours students. It explores the legal aspects of cybersecurity and cybercrime by analysing selected legislation and case law relevant to these areas. The paper also examines the legal and ethical issues concerning information security professionals. The paper will cover, among other things:

  • Application of criminal law in the digital environment
  • Specific offences in relation to unauthorised access (hacking/cracking)
  • Specific offences in relation to objectionable material
  • Offences that may relate to malicious code
  • Criminal investigations and procedures
  • Security testing
  • Encryption
  • The use and preservation of forensic quality of electronic evidence
  • An introduction to tortious law
  • Privacy
  • Spam
  • Electronic trespass
  • Intellectual property as it relates to digital material
  • Information management
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Paper Structure

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This is a semester paper. This is a semester A paper. The teaching component comprises lectures and use of the online learning environment Moodle (

This paper aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake advanced study in current issues in cybersecurity law. The paper will enable students to gain insights into current issues and trends and possible future developments.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Enable students to describe and critically analyse laws regulating or relating to cybersecurity
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  • Enable students to understand the concepts and issues behind the ongoing development of cybersecurity regulation
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  • Enable students to develop a deeper understanding in a chosen area relating to cybersecurity law
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  • Explicitly give students an opportunity to be producers of knowledge
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  • Gain understanding of the legal rights, responsibilities and obligations of cybersecurity personnel.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Research proposal
3 Apr 2020
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Final research paper
29 May 2020
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test
9 Jun 2020
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required Readings

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All law students are required to purchase, for use in all law papers, a copy of McLay, Murray & Orpin, New Zealand Law Style Guide, Thomson Reuters (2018).

Computer Science students may use the referencing style that they are comfortable with.

Material will be available through Moodle and periodic class hand-outs. For resources provided on Moodle, such materials are provided on the following terms:

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper’s Moodle site (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at or call 838 4008.

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Students should expect to spend 300 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more focused research time in the preparation of assignments.

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Restricted papers: LAWS526

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