Online course

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.

Cyber Security in the Software Development Life Cycle

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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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. 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

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    This course started 13 May 2019

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?

Alexandros Konios

Alexandros is a Lecturer in Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity at Coventry University. His research interests focus on formal analysis and security of interactive, concurrent and distributed systems.

James Shuttleworth

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 secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

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.