Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life

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Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online,  in Life
 
FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now the largest online learning platform in Europe with almost nine million people signed up worldwide. FutureLearn uses design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible online courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that improve working lives. It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities, as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (NHS). It’s also involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education. 
 
 
This three-week free online course explores practical cyber security including privacy online, payment safety and security at home
 
DURATION - 3 weeks
 
WEEKLY STUDY - 3 hours
 
LEARN - Free
 
UPGRADE - £62
 
Why join the course?
 
In the modern world, information security has an influence on all of us: at home, at work, online and in life in general. Like many inventions that have gone before, the internet and the web, the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) bring with them many advantages, but also open up new possibilities for criminal activity.
 
So should you avoid all contact with this brave new world? This free online course presents an alternative, providing you with the knowledge to make informed decisions.
 
 
Understand key topics in cyber security
 
The course will introduce you to some of the current key topics in cyber security research and show how they relate to everyday life. We’ll look at how the move to online storage of personal data affects privacy, how online payments can be made safely, and how the proliferation of “smart” devices affect security.
 
Over the three weeks of the course we will look at these topics from different perspectives: the user’s, a potential attacker’s and a business’s. We’ll also discuss how research underway at Newcastle University addresses these topics.
 
Privacy online:  What is privacy? We begin by looking into our own beliefs and practices when it comes to giving out our data online. What is the value of our personal data to businesses? And how can you find out what information about you is readily available online?
 
Payment safety:  We make payments everyday, we purchase items at the store and we purchase items online, but how secure are these payments? How safe is our money? All of the different methods of payment cash, credit/debit card, cheque and bitcoin are a trade-off between security and convenience. We will look at constantly evolving race between the payment fraud and the security measures employed to prevent fraud.
 
Security at home:  With increasing numbers of autonomous, internet-enabled devices in our homes and cars, on our wrists and in our clothes, how could they be misused? And what can we do about understanding and responding to the risks and threats?
 
Learn from cyber security researchers and practitioners
 
 
The team conduct research in areas such as cryptography and information assurance with a focus on understanding the human element of cyber security - victims, investigators and attackers. Each topic is led by a research expert in that field. The North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit (UK) said:
 
I was impressed. The content is really relevant and dynamic and not just your basic security tips - there’s a bit more to it than that. It’s very user interactive. 
 
What topics will you cover?
 
Privacy online: What is privacy? We began by looking into our own beliefs and practices when it comes to giving out our data online. What is the value of our personal data to businesses? And how can you find out what information about you is readily available online?
Payment safety: We make payments everyday, we purchase items at the store and we purchase items online, but how secure are these payments? How safe is our money? All of the different methods of payment cash, credit/debit card, cheque and bitcoin are a trade-off between security and convenience. We looked at constantly evolving race between the payment fraud and the security measures employed to prevent fraud.
Security at home: With increasing numbers of autonomous, internet-enabled devices in our homes and cars, on our wrists and in our clothes, how could they be misused? And what can we do about understanding and responding to the risks and threats?
 
What will you achieve?
 
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
Explore the trade-offs between security and convenience in everyday life
Explain key topics in cybersecurity
Debate good practice in giving out data online
Assess the value of personal data to commercial businesses
Explore the evolving battle between payment fraud and fraud prevention
Investigate the risks and mitigations in our use of "smart" devices
 
Who is the course  for?
 
The course is suitable for people who have some knowledge of cyber security, some IT background and an interest in finding out the state of practice in cyber security as well as future research directions.

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