This module is divided into two parts with special focus on financial applications. In the first part, you will be taught block chain and other forms of distributed ledger technology, their underlying cryptographic fundamentals and limitations. You will also learn about digital/electronic currencies (such as Bitcoin and Ethereum) how they were created, and their advantages over the conventional/paper currencies, the challenges with their creation and use and how to overcome them. Financial applications will include how the digital/electronic currencies are used, where they are used, as well as how they are valued, borrowed and/or invested in.
In the second part of the module, you will be taught a wide range of methods and technologies that are used to achieve cyber security, based on insights from businesses, government/regulatory organisations and technology firms. Among other things, adequate attention will be given to the regulatory and social responsibility aspects of cyber-security in this part of the module. Throughout, this course spends a significant amount of time on practical applications of theories introduced along with their role in promoting ethical and sustainable businesses, financial systems and economies.