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Explore the world of cyber security and develop the skills needed to stay safe

Modern life depends on online services, so having a better understanding of cyber security threats is vital.

On this course, you will learn how to recognise online security threats that could harm you and explore the steps you can take to minimise your risk.

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

Week 1
  • Threat landscape
  • Online, the new frontline
  • Understanding current threats
  • Securing my digital information
Week 2
  • Authentication
  • Who do they think you are?.
  • Improving password security
  • It’s not just what you know
Week 3
  • Malware
  • Malware basics
  • How malware gets into your computer
  • Keeping malware at bay
Week 4
  • Networking and communications
  • How does the internet work?
  • Network security challenges
  • standards
Week 5
  • Cryptography
  • Cryptography basics
  • Putting cryptography to use
  • Cryptography in the wild
  Week 6
  • Network security
  • Protecting your data on the network
  • Keeping your secrets on the network
  • Detecting attacks
Week 7
  • When your defences fail
  • Cyber security and the law
  • Putting things right
Week 8
  • Managing security risks
  • Analysing security risks
  • Managing the risks
  • Taking stock

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, whether at home or at work.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • 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.
  • Describe cryptography terminology; be able to use cryptography for email; be aware of applications of cryptography.

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