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Course: Introduction to Cyber Security
Duration 8 weeks - 3 hours per week - FREE online course
Why join the course?
We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important.
This free online course will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.
With cyber security often in the news today, the course will also frame your online safety in the context of the wider world, introducing you to different types of malware, including viruses and trojans, as well as concepts such as network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management.
What topics will you cover?
- Threat landscape: terminology, cyber security threats, keeping up to date;
- Authentication: access control, passwords, two-factor authentication;
- Malware: types of malware, attack vectors, preventing infection;
- Networking and communications: fundamentals, security challenges, standards;
- Cryptography: symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, applications;
- Network security: firewalls, virtual private networks, intrusion detection/prevention;
- When your defences fail: cyber security laws, recovering from attacks;
- Managing security risks: risk analysis and management.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
Who is the 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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