Certificate of Achievement

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has completed the following course:

Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life

Newcastle University

The course introduced current key topics in cyber security research and demonstrated how they relate to everyday life. It examined 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. The course was for people with some knowledge of cyber security, some IT background and interest in finding out the state of practice in cyber security as well as future research directions.

3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Dr Stephen Riddle

Lecturer in Computing Science and Programme Director for MSc in Computer Security and Resilience

Newcastle University

overall score


Learning outcomes

  • 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


  • 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?

Issued on 20th November 2017

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Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life

Newcastle University