Why join the course?
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 recognize 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 is supported by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme, is GCHQ Certified Training and IISP accredited.
What topics will you cover?
- Threat landscape: terminology, cybersecurity 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: cybersecurity laws, recovering from attacks
- Managing security risks: risk analysis and management
What will you achieve?
- Explain basic cybersecurity terminology; have skills for keeping up to date on cybersecurity 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 know 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 cybersecurity, and understand how to recover from security failures.
- Apply basic risk analysis and management techniques.
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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