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Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life

This three-week free online course explores practical cyber security including privacy online, payment safety and security at home

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

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 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)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life

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Why join the course?

In the modern world, information security has an influence on all of us: at home, at work, online and in life in general. Like many inventions that have gone before, the internet and the web, the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) bring with them many advantages, but also open up new possibilities for criminal activity.

So should you avoid all contact with this brave new world? This free online course presents an alternative, providing you with the knowledge to make informed decisions.

Understand key topics in cyber security

The course will introduce you to some of the current key topics in cyber security research and show how they relate to everyday life. We’ll look at 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.

Over the three weeks of the course we will look at these topics from different perspectives: the user’s, a potential attacker’s and a business’s. We’ll also discuss how research underway at Newcastle University addresses these topics.

  1. Privacy online: What is privacy? We begin 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?

  2. 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 will look at constantly evolving race between the payment fraud and the security measures employed to prevent fraud.

  3. 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?

Learn from cyber security researchers and practitioners

The course is presented by researchers and practitioners from Newcastle University’s School of Computing Science, an acknowledged Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR).

The team conduct research in areas such as cryptography and information assurance with a focus on understanding the human element of cyber security - victims, investigators and attackers. Each topic is led by a research expert in that field. The North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit (UK) said:

I was impressed. The content is really relevant and dynamic and not just your basic security tips - there’s a bit more to it than that. It’s very user interactive.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsWith so much of our personal information online and ever increasing numbers of internet connected devices, it's worth taking stock and asking ourselves "what are the risks?" On this course, we will introduce you to some current key topics in cyber security research and show how they relate to everyday life. Over three weeks we will look at privacy online, payment safety and security in the connected home.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 secondsWe will approach these topics from different viewpoints: We will look at the user's perspective and that of business. We'll step into the shoes of fraudsters and online criminals to find out more about their intent and motivation. And each week we'll finish with an expert perspective, and introduce you to the practical research underway at Newcastle University's School of Computing Science to protect systems and users against vulnerabilities. By the end of the course you'll be in better position to make informed choices on the trade-offs you are prepared to make between security and convenience.

What topics will you cover?

  • 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?

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for people who have some knowledge of cyber security, some IT background and an interest in finding out the state of practice in cyber security as well as future research directions.

What do people say about this course?

I was impressed. The content is really relevant and dynamic and not just your basic security tips - there’s a bit more to it than that. It’s very user interactive.

The North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit (UK)

Thanks to Dr Riddle and all the boys in the band at Newcastle. I personally feel that I've learned a great deal here. Also, thanks to the fellow FutureLearners for their interesting, educational and 'insightful' (Ugh) contributions. I feel that I came across like-minded individuals that want to learn and make a contribution. Especially, to those that took the time to read through my often meandering comments and to provide contributions to them. A plethora of views is always a welcome addition to debate.

Mike Martin

Who will you learn with?

Steve Riddle

I'm a Computing Science lecturer at Newcastle University. I'm also programme director for Newcastle's MSc in Computer Security and Resilience.

Who developed the course?

A thriving international community of over 20,000 students. The university’s mission as a world-class civic university means it applies its academic excellence to real-world challenges.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

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 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)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $84 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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