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Free University Short Course: Cryptography @ IT Masters


Did the Agile Information and Data Management Course when it was offered (free) here in June - found it to be good content and the course facilitator was great. Got a nice certificate after passing the exam.

And no it's not about how to salvage your Bitcoin losses or buy the dip.

Prepare to join the wonderful Matt Constable on a journey through the fundamentals of cyber security, and how the development of cryptography over time is greatly intertwined. Try your hand at some of the primitive cryptographic techniques to solidify what you learn during the weekly live webinars.

Beginning Wednesday 22 September at 7.30PM (Sydney time), join us over 4 weeks to learn about:

Introduction to Security & Cryptography
Symmetric Encryption
Asymmetric Encryption
Hashing Functions

Whether you’re just beginning to explore the world of cyber security, or a seasoned professional wanting to refresh your cryptography skills, we’ve got something for everyone in this free short course.

Course Description:
Understanding cyber security is becoming increasingly important in our ever changing, permanently connected, digital lives. Our digital footprint is ever growing and the requirement to keep our digital identities safe and secure is becoming increasingly important as our reliance on online technologies grows.

Understanding how to leverage available technology to protect ourselves against the myriad of attacks on our privacy and digital identities is vital; and knowledge of cryptographic technologies is one of the foundation stones upon which we can build protection for our digital self.

Course Facilitator:
Matt Constable
Matt has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University since 2007, teaching subjects in the IT Masters programs.

Exam pass mark: 50%
Time limit: 1 hour
Attempts allowed: one
Format: 40 multiple choice – may include standard multiple choice, WXYZ multiple choice, drag and drop, fill in the blank and scenario based questions.

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  • +4


    Might as well get certified for something during lockdown haha

      • +17

        Its not Cryptocurrency! Cryptography is the study of secure communications techniques that allow only the sender and intended recipient of a message to view its contents.

        • +1

          encryption basically… :)
          like da vinci code…

        • +2

          hopefully they haven't invested in anything ;)

        • +2

          Oh i thought crypto-graphy was those analysis graphs where you put the coin's trend in a graph and analyse the candle sticks.

        • Bitcoin mining is all based on computing a hash in the right format… so Week 4 at least touches on that..

        • +1

          Ah, that is a small part of cryptography now. Cryptography nowadays covers a lot of areas that involve trust and confidentiality, not just encryption. Take, for example, Estonia's E-residence program used it to authorise documents and transactions. And cryptocurrency - sorry I mentioned the devil's name - which uses stuff such as zero-knowledge proof to camouflage transfer of value, not just encrypting information.

  • +6

    Course finish, where lambo?

    • -2

      yolo in BTC.. it's going past 100k by end of 2021… lambo come after

      • Invest 500$. Can i get lambo too ?

        • +2

          u get a lambo, u get a lambo, u get a lambo
          - alan Degenerate

      • Ethereum probably better for your buck, but Lambo might have to wait till late 2022.

  • +1

    Did the Agile Information and Data Management Course when it was offered (free) here in June

    I guess this course is still showing free on IT Master's website. Or am I missing something?

    • +10

      I have investigated and they have a whole bunch of free short courses that you can find here - https://itmasters.edu.au/about-it-masters/free-short-courses...

      • Thanks mate!

      • Legend!

      • +2

        Nice - just realised you can also do the exams and get the equivalent certificate:

        The short course I'm interested in has already run - can I still access it?
        You sure can – all materials, including exams and webinar recordings, are made available at https://learn.itmasters.edu.au/ once you’ve registered – and you can start and finish the course whenever you like. You can also still sit the exam and earn your certificate!

        • Did you find the Agile Information and Data Management Course useful for job purposes?

  • Guess this will be a bit of Caesar cipher “encoding/decoding” then goes into proper assymetric cryptography

  • +2

    He should have been a cop, Constable Constable.

  • +1

    Any Edu email address…?

    • +2

      Sadly no

  • +2

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    • +1

      Yes thanks op, this is quite interesting

    • We’ve finally found it. The ultimate question to the answer 42.

  • +3


    • +2

      Me very smart? Unpossible

    • 2nd Level:


    • Amateurs. Use the uber crypto


      (Geeks will understand, the rest obviously need to do the short course)