Introduction to Cyber Security

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Introduction to Cyber 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. 
Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.
DURATION - 8 weeks
WEEKLY STUDY - 3 hours
LEARN - Free
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 recognise 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 was 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, 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
What will you  achieve?
By the end of the course, 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.
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.
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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