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Cyber Security in the Software Development Life Cycle

Examine security in the software development life cycle and discuss the legal and ethical aspects of secure systems.

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Cyber Security in the Software Development Life Cycle
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
This course is part of the program Secure Design and Development, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Cyber Security. Find out more.

Learn how to safeguard your software systems and help prevent cyber crime

Cyber attacks can pose a major threat to any digital business. Addressing the need for system security during the software development life cycle should be a top priority for any organisation.

During this course, you will discover the importance of secure system design and how a security-first mindset can improve the software development process. You will also discuss the legal and ethical implications of the software development process.

What topics will you cover?

  • An introduction to system security and the software development life cycle
  • Legal and ethical consideration in system development

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Discuss the history of system development and security
  • Describe the basic security primitives and methods
  • Identify different cases of security breaks/issues on different systems (eg policy break, attacks, etc)
  • Evaluate legal and ethical considerations related to the design and development of secure systems

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who want to increase their understanding of the security practices and legislation involved in the software development life cycle.

Who will you learn with?

Associate Lecturer, MSc Cybersecurity Coventry University Online

Deputy Course Director, Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity Coventry University

Dr. Christo Panchev is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at Coventry University with more than 20 years experience in industry and higher education, research and teaching in A.I. and Cyber Security.

James is a Principal Lecturer at Coventry University and has worked in academia for 18 years, teaching and researching in the areas of operating systems, cyber security and image analysis.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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This course is part of the program Secure Design and Development, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Cyber Security.

This course is for individuals who want to explore why it is important to consider security as part of the design and development process of a system, offering an advanced study of the topic.

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