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Cyber Security Fundamentals Short Course

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Cybersecurity attacks cost companies millions in lost revenue and customers every year, it is vital that every company understands the risks and how to protect their systems.

Why choose this course?

Threats to cybersecurity are some of the biggest issues we face in modern times.  We rely more on technology but it is increasingly threatened, and the impact of cybersecurity attacks can be devastating.

This Introduction to Cyber Security short course will teach you what can go wrong and the solutions and actions to mitigate the risk.

Taught over 5 weeks, this invaluable short course is not intended solely for programmers, but anyone responsible for IT in their organisation.

Course overview

The Cyber Security Fundamentals short course aims to familiarise you with fundamental practices found within the cyber security domains of networking, security engineering, risk management, incident response, governance control and legal practicalities.

Strong computer literacy is required as this short course is aimed at beginners to cyber security principles, not beginners to IT, who have an understanding of either networking or programming in either a Windows or Linux environment.

For this course you will need a laptop running Windows 8 or above, or Linux, with at least 8Gb RAM (4Gb will work but slowly),  and which you have admin rights on.

Please don't bring a Mac, or a company laptop.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

  • Security and Risk Management (Security, Risk, Compliance, Law, Regulations, and Business Continuity)
  • Asset Security (Protecting Security of Assets)
  • Communication and Network Security (Designing and Protecting Network Security)
  • Identity and Access Management (Controlling Access and Managing Identity)
  • Security Engineering (Engineering and Management of Security)
  • Security Operations (Foundational Concepts, Investigations, Incident Management, and Disaster Recovery)

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

Strong computer literacy is required as this short course is aimed at beginners to cyber security principles, who have an understanding of either networking or programming in either a Windows or Linux environment.

English requirements

You must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Teaching takes the form of theoretical explanation with practical activities to demonstrate and reinforce the principles.

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

A multiple choice and written question quiz based on the course content – non-formal exam style questions.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Hand-outs will be given in class.

Reading materials

  • Smith, R. E., 2016. Elementary Information Security. 2nd ed. s.l.:Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Whitman, M. E. & Mattord, H. J., 2014. Management of Information Security. 4th ed. Stamford: Cengage.

Tutor information

  • Paul Fothergill

    Paul Fothergill graduated with a B.Sc. in Astrophysics from University College London.  He has broad experience of commercial activities both in the UK and abroad which has seen him work on European Commission projects and develop cyber security programmes for both public and private stakeholders.

    Paul has a passion for combining information security aspects of computer networking, digital forensics and programming, which is currently applied to an M.Sc. Information Security research project for the Open University. He also develops academic programmes for commercial bodies and IT training leaders in security.