Introduction to Cyber Security



Study method
Online, self-paced
8 Weeks
No formal qualification

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Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.

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This online course will help you understand online security and protect your digital life, whether at home or work.

Guided by Cory Doctorow, you will learn how to recognise threats that could harm you online and take steps to reduce the chances that they happen to you.

The course will frame your online safety in the context of the wider world, introducing concepts like malware, viruses, trojans, network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management.

The course was supported by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme, is GCHQ Certified Training and IISP accredited.

What will you achieve?

Explain basic cyber security terminology; have skills for keeping up to date on cyber security issues; and be able to identify information assets.

Describe basic authentication mechanisms; have skills to improve their password security; and be aware of alternative authentication methods.

Identify main malware types; awareness of different malware propagation methods; and skills for preventing malware infections.

Explain basic networking concepts; be aware of network security challenges; and have knowledge of key networking standards.

Describe cryptography terminology; be able to use cryptography for email; be aware of applications of cryptography.

Demonstrate an understanding of firewalls, virtual private networks and network intrusion detection and prevention technologies.

Describe legal and regulatory issues relating to cyber security; and understand how to recover from security failures.

Apply basic risk analysis and management techniques.

Who is this course for?

The course does not assume any prior knowledge of computer security and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in improving the security of their digital information.

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