LAW42160 Cybersecurity Law and Regulation

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module examines the legal and regulatory context of cybersecurity, considering both Irish law and the wider international framework. It looks at the development of criminal offences in relation to cybercrime and the way in which international cooperation in this area has developed. It considers the cybersecurity obligations which are imposed by a range of laws (such as the GDPR, ePrivacy Directive, NIS Directive, and so on), and assesses in particular the reporting and incident response mechanisms which must be in place to comply with these. It identifies and discusses particular legal issues around responding to cybercrime such as the sharing of intelligence, network surveillance and monitoring, and the implications of gathering data for forensic use. It also outlines the civil obligations and liability in damages which may result from cybersecurity incidents and issues such as whether and how these may be covered by insurance.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module students will be able to:

* Describe the international and domestic legal framework relevant to cybersecurity;
* Describe and critically assess key legal issues presented by cybercrime;
* Outline and discuss the legal issues which may arise at each step of responding to a cybersecurity incident; and
* Consider a hypothetical cybersecurity incident, identify the key legal issues which arise from it, and describe what steps need to be taken on foot of these issues.

Indicative Module Content:

Data protection compliance; cybersecurity incident response; legal issues of cybercrime

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will be taught through interactive seminars based on discussion of prior reading. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: 2,500 word assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: 2,500 word end of trimester assignment. Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group feedback will be given after the first and second assignments.

Name Role
Ms Mary Anne Culhane Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Joanna Kozielec Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 28 Fri 10:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 34 Fri 10:00 - 12:50