Database Security and Programming

Cyber Security

Information Technology Management

Unit Code
Level 4
Distance Learning
Class Room
Unit Code
Level 4
Distance Learning Fee
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Total Fee £1600

£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

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Course Overview

Database security concerns the use of a broad range of information security controls to protect databases (potentially including the data, the database applications or stored functions, the database systems, the database servers and the associated network links) against compromises of their confidentiality, integrity and availability. It involves various types or categories of controls, such as technical, procedural/administrative and physical. Database security is a specialist topic within the broader realms of computer security, information security and risk management.

In this unit the learner will explore security risks to database systems and mitigation techniques. Understanding the function of computer programming is essential to understanding the dark arts of ‘Black Hat Hackers.’ Learners will examine (as a rolling case study) Python as a popular contemporary programming language. The symbiotic link between developments in computer programming and vulnerabilities to hacking will be examined and explored.

Course Content


Database Security

  • Overview
  • Threats to the database
  • Principles of database security
  • Security models
  • What is Data Breach?

Information Security Fundamentals

  • Information Security
  • Types of Information Security
  • Information Security Controls

Hacking :Computer Hacking, Security Testing, and Basic Security

  • What is Hacking?
  • How do Hackers get into Computer Systems?
  • Types of attacks

Cloud Computing

  • Definitions and characteristics of cloud computing
  • Cloud Computing Models
  • Public and Private Clouds
  • Benefits of the cloud computing

Introduction to Computer Programming

  • Definition of Computer Program, Computer Programming and Computer Programmer
  • Hardware and software
  • How computer store data

Types of Programming Languages

  • Machine language(Low-level language)
  • Assembly language(Low-level language)
  • High-level language
  • Compilers and interpreters


  • Overview of Python
  • Environment Setup
  • Python Variables and Identifiers
  • Basic operator
  • Data Types
  • Keywords, Expressions and Statements
  • Decision Making and Loops
  • Methods and Functions.
  • Errors and Exceptions Handling
  • Python OOP
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1. Understand the broad range of information security controls to protect databases

  1. Explain security risks in database systems
  2. Assess the effectiveness of information security concepts and tools in protecting databases

2.  Understand types of database categories of control

  1. Explain database terminology and categories of control

3.  Understand the underpinning concepts and models of cloud-based storage solutions

  1. Explore the functionality of database tools available to Data Owners, Custodians, Incident Responders and investigators

4.  Understand the relationship between computer programming and computer hacking

  1. Explain various popular computer programming languages
  2. Analyse the relationship between programming skills and the ability to hack into systems

5.  Understand the ‘interpreted’ general-purpose programming language, Python

  1. Investigate where non-malicious and malicious hackers have utilised Python
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
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  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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