Singapore University of Social Sciences

Information Security Challenges in Smart Computing

Information Security Challenges in Smart Computing (ICT338)


ICT338 Information Security Challenges in Smart Computing covers information security challenges surrounding smart computing. When building smart solutions, information security is of key importance given the prevailing cyber threat landscape. This course aims to train students in understanding the insecurity of smart computing so that they can identify, evaluate and recommend suitable information security systems and applications based on organisational needs. Students examine the three components that define smart computing, namely the Cloud, Edge and Mobile. Other topics include information security threat types and vectors affecting smart computing, and known security issues. Students study the security trends and approaches to address these security issues.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Smart computing
  • Smart computing security
  • Security threat types and vectors
  • Case studies of well-known attacks targeting smart computing
  • Interaction between various components of smart computing
  • IoT risks
  • Identity and access management
  • Detective controls
  • Infrastructure protection
  • Data protection
  • Incident response
  • Risk management

Learning Outcome

  • Critique on smart computing security and related computer security concepts
  • Assess smart computing security threat types and vectors
  • Evaluate different case studies surrounding smart computing insecurity
  • Demonstrate understanding of how Internet of Things (IoT) interacts with smart computing
  • Explain how to secure smart computing
  • Appraise the security trends surrounding smart computing
  • Apply detective controls to discover threats
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