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.

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

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

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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsNICK PATTERSON: In 2015, nearly 600 million people worldwide became victims of online crime. A further 169 million personal records, and 781 publicised breaches from public and private organisations were also exposed by cyber hackers. Over 60% of these attacks were committed against small and medium enterprises. Hi, I'm Dr. Nick Patterson from the School of Information Technology at Deakin University. No security is 100% foolproof. Fact is, if hackers really want your data, they will always be able to get it. Which is why it's so important that we have trained people to defend against cyber attacks. Cybersecurity is everyone's business, and everyone's business is at risk.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsIn this two week course, we will investigate real cyber attack in action by looking at the recent Panama Papers leak, and what methods the hackers used. We'll discover what tools and preventative strategies you can put in place to protect your business. We will learn from leading cybersecurity experts to develop your real world knowledge and skills as jobs in information security grow at a blistering pace. Whether you earn or work in a small or medium business, or simply have an interest in learning more about identifying cyber threats and preventing potential attacks, please join me in enrolling in this free and eye-opening online course.

What topics will you cover?

  • the Panama Papers, a real cyber attack
  • cyber threats and the methods that hackers use
  • consequences of cyber attacks for small and medium enterprises
  • tools and preventative strategies that you can put in place to protect your organisation.

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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.

What do people say about this course?

Thank you the team at Deakin University for this course. It really expanded my knowledge of the cyber security world.

Joshua Hunte

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.

Matthew Warren

Matthew Warren is a Professor of Cyber Security at Deakin University, Australia. Professor Warren gained his PhD in Information Security Risk Analysis from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

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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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Which program and degree is this course part of?

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

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