Basics of Network Security

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Basics of Network Security
 
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. 
 
 
Explore the basic concepts of networks and network security and the tools used by network engineers and attackers.
 
DURATION - 2 weeks
 
WEEKLY STUDY - 6 hours
 
LEARN - Free
 
UPGRADE - £52
 
Understand the threats posed to organisations' networks and how to secure them.
 
On this course you will examine the theory and practice of network fundamentals from the defender’s and attacker’s perspectives. You will have the opportunity to use tools for networking that allow you to query services, test routing and more.
 
At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself to a network security boot camp – can you work with a virtual networked device to make it secure?
 
What topics will you  cover?
 
Describe the concepts of network security and cyber attacks
Evaluate real-world security case studies
Apply cyber security principles to protect assets
Assess security threats from a practical and theoretical viewpoint
 
What will you  achieve?
 
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
Describe the concepts of network security, cyber-attacks
Evaluate real-world security case studies
Apply cybersecurity principles to protect assets
Assess security threats from a practical and theoretical viewpoint
 
Who is the course  for?
 
The Institute of Coding supported the development of this course in response to consultation with industry representatives from the healthcare, manufacturing and automotive sectors.
 
This course is designed for people familiar with basic computing who want to learn about the techniques and technologies of network security.
 
What software or tools do you  need?
 
In order to complete the labs you will need a PC capable of running Virtual Machines (VMs). We recommend at least a dual core CPU and 8GB of memory. You would also need about 100GB of hard disk space to store the VMs.
 
In order to run the virtual machines you will need to download and install VMware Workstation Player (if you are running on Windows or Linux). It is free for non-commercial/educational use and you can get it from the VMware website. If you are running a Mac you will need VMware Fusion.
 
You will also use Linux. If you are not already familiar with the Linux environment and it’s command line, there are plenty of online resources and tutorials to get you started. We would recommend that you look into some of these before starting the modules. You need to be familiar with the core linux commands, input/output redirecting and piping, file manipulation, basic network configuration and user account management.

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