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  • 2 months
    Duration
Understand online security and protect your digital life, whether at home or work with this Introduction to Cyber Security course from The Open University by FutureLearn.
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Overview

You’ll 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.

By the end of the Introduction to Cyber Security course from The Open University by FutureLearn, 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.
  • Demonstrate 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.

Accreditation

  • GCHQ Certified Training
  • APMG International
  • The Institute of Information Security Professionals

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
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    Based on the original amount of 0 USD per year and a duration of 2 months.
  • National

    Free
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