Become a Cyber Security Specialist

Cyber security specialists work in a range of fields, protecting the data and networks of both public and private sector organisations. Learn about the cyber security skills you'll need for the job and get them with short online cyber security courses.

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What skills do you need for a job in cyber security?

  • Technical background

    Most professional cyber security specialists already have a technical background, whether a computer science or mathematics degree, or hands-on experience of administering IT systems.

  • Specialist knowledge

    There are a range of specialisms within a cyber security career. You could choose between fields such as network security or app security, or specific roles such as security analyst or ethical hacker.

  • Industry certifications

    As you specialise and progress in your cyber security career, you’ll need to achieve specific qualifications. There a wealth of certifications to choose from, depending on your route.

  • Soft skills

    Understanding risks, developing strategies to protect organisations from them, and communicating your thinking clearly – often to laypeople – is a key part of working in cyber security too.

Develop these skills. Take short cyber security courses online

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What do experts think of these cyber security courses?

If you want an introduction to the subject that provides an overview or to improve your own personal information security, it is an excellent course - enjoyable, informative, engaging and authoritative.

Tony Morbin, Editor-in-Chief, SC Magazine
Learner on Introduction to Cyber Security

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.

The North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit (UK)
Learner on Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life

How to take cyber security courses online

Learn flexibly online, for free

Develop valuable skills with a short, online cyber security course wherever you are. Start learning for free, on desktop, tablet or mobile.

Upgrade for tests and Certificates

Upgrade your chosen course to get unlimited access, take tests and prove what you’ve learnt with a Certificate of Achievement.

Meet cyber security experts

Learn the latest thinking from experts at top universities. Network with cyber security specialists all over the world.

Cyber Security Month 5th anniversary logo


1-31 October 2017

October 2017 was the fifth European Cyber Security Month. FutureLearn marked it with online cyber security courses, enabling you to:

  • Improve your awareness of cyber security threats
  • Find out how to protect your personal information online
  • Protect the organisation you work for – whether it’s large or small

Find out more about CyberSecMonth