Certificate of Achievement
has completed the following course:
We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important. This online course provides a foundation to understanding online security & protecting your digital life, whether at home or work. Having completed the course, learners will be able to recognise cyber security threats & the steps that can be taken to reduce the chances of these.
8 weeks, 3 hours per week
Acting University Secretary
The Open University
average test score
- 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.
- Explain basic networking concepts; be aware of network security challenges; and have knowledge of key networking standards.
- 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.
- 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
Issued on 13th February 2017
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This learner has not verified their identity. The certificate and transcript do not imply the award of credit or the conferment of a qualification from The Open University.
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