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Online course

Cyber Security for Small and Medium Enterprises: Identifying Threats and Preventing Attacks

Discover what common cyber threats and attacks face small and medium enterprises, and what you can do to prevent them.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Cyber Security for Small and Medium Enterprises: Identifying Threats and Preventing Attacks

This course is part of the program IT Security Management, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a Cyber Security degree. Find out more.

Why join the course?

Almost daily we hear about cyber attacks on large organisations, but we rarely hear much about similar attacks on small and medium enterprises. This doesn’t mean that they’re not happening.

In this course, you’ll explore some of the common cyber threats facing small and medium enterprises, what a cyber attack means, and what practical tools and strategies you can put in place to prevent them.

Investigate a real cyber attack in action

We’ll start by looking at the recent Panama Papers leak to find out more about cyber threats, the methods that hackers use, and what the consequences of cyber attacks can be for small and medium enterprises.

Explore strategies for protecting your organisation against cyber attacks

After viewing a simulation of a cyber attack in action, we’ll then take a look at some of the tools and preventative strategies that you can put in place to protect your organisation.

Learn from cyber security experts

Deakin University has been providing cyber security education since 2007. Our experts are active researchers and engaged in partnerships with leading industry bodies such as Dimension Data Learning Solutions, which ensures we develop our students’ real-world cyber security knowledge and skills.

Take your learning to the next stage

This course is a free introduction to a Deakin University postgraduate degree in Cyber security which can be done entirely on FutureLearn

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What topics will you cover?

With more and more businesses operating online, the risks to organisations can range from customer dissatisfaction through to business closure and financial ruin. The purpose of this course is to help you better understand and address these challenges by:

  • investigating a cyber attack in action
  • analysing the risks and impacts of data breaches
  • exploring strategies for protecting your organisation against cyber attacks
  • hearing from cyber security experts.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the cyber security risks facing small and medium businesses
  • Explore how cyber attacks impact small and medium businesses
  • Develop viable solutions for preventing cyber attacks

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for anyone working in small or medium enterprises or who has an interest in learning more about identifying cyber threats and preventing potential attacks. The learning covered is relevant to those both with or without an IT background.

Who will you learn with?

Nicholas Patterson

Dr Nicholas Patterson (Ph.D) is an academic professional and Alfred Deakin Medalist in Information Technology and Criminology who has been involved in cyber-security research projects and teaching.

Lei Pan

Dr Lei Pan is an academic professional who specialized in cyber-security and digital forensics research projects and teaching.

John Yearwood

Professor John Yearwood is Head of the School of Information Technology and has set up partnerships between large IT companies, financial institutions, government and Universities on cyber security.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus!

Advance your career with a degree

This course is the first step to a degree in Cyber Security.

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
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Join and complete the program
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Get academic credit for an online degree from Deakin University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program IT Security Management, which is part of the degree Cyber Security.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join: