Principles of Cyber Security (Level 2)

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About the course

This popular course is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of issues and roles relating to cyber security. It will also act as a stepping stone for learners who wish to study cyber security at a higher level.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the need for cyber security and the impact of cyber crime, the various job functions and the key skills required
  • Learn about cyber security terminology and the concept of social engineering
  • Learn how to maintain data confidentiality and security and understand ethical and unethical conduct within cyber security
  • Develop an understanding of the different types of malicious software and the ways in which systems can be infected
  • Learn about common and emerging threats in cyber security
  • Learn about the preventative methods used to maintain cyber security and the principles of user access controls and firewalls
  • Develop an understanding of effective team working and the importance of communication when working in cyber security

This course is designed to provide learners with sector awareness. It will do this by increasing the knowledge and understanding of roles and issues relating to Cyber Security.

Each unit contains an assessment to demonstrate your knowledge of each subject area. Once you successfully complete all units you will achieve a Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Cyber Security.

Unit 1: Introduction to cyber security

Understand motivations for cyber crime
Understand the need for cyber security
Know about job roles within cyber security
Unit 2: Understand terminology used in cyber security

Understand cyber security terminology
Understand current and emerging challenges in cyber security
Understand what is meant by social engineering
Unit 3: Understand legal and ethical aspects of cyber security

Understand key legislation related to cyber security
Understand procedures to maintain data confidentiality and security
Understand ethical conduct in cyber security
Unit 4: Understand common threats to cyber security

Know about common and emerging threats to cyber security
Understand what is meant by malicious software
Understand physical threats to cyber security
Unit 5: Understand methods of maintaining cyber security

Understand preventative methods used to maintain cyber security
Understand the principles of user access control
Understand the use of firewall
Unit 6: Working with others in cyber security

Understand team working for cyber security
Understand the use of interpersonal skills for working in cyber security
Understand types of written communications used in cyber security
Course Duration

11 weeks

Recommended Study

10 hours per week

What computer software will I need?

  • An Internet enabled desktop / laptop PC.
  • An active email account.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar PDF reader.
  • The ability to read / edit Microsoft Word documents using Word or similar (e.g. LibreOffice).

Note: You will specifically need a recent full version (including Excel & PowerPoint) of Microsoft Office for our IT courses.

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Entry Requirements
The course is aimed at those 19 years (as at 31st August 2021) and over.

Once we receive your application we will send you an email link to complete your registration.

When applying for one of our free courses you will be asked to supply a copy of your ID, which can be either a passport, driving licence, birth certificate or national identity card. If you were born outside the EU, you must have proof of residency status and you will need to provide a copy for our records. If you have declared you are in receipt of benefits you will also need to provide us with evidence of this.

Please note whilst there is no limit to the number of free courses you can complete, you can only study one free course at a time.

In some instances fully funded applications are subject to postcode eligibility or prior attainment.



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