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Risk Management and Security Vulnerabilities

Learn the fundamentals of IT risk management and the techniques used to mitigate threats to an organisation and its people.

Risk Management and Security Vulnerabilities
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study5 hours
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  • Included in an ExpertTrackCourse 2 of 5
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Discover the practices behind identifying and combating security vulnerabilities

This course aims to provide an understanding of risk and risk assessment strategies, empowering you to better protect digital environments in a professional setting.

You’ll learn to identify and assess risk levels, integrating IT risk management techniques to mitigate threats to your organisation and its decision-making processes.

By the end of the course you’ll have critical insight into organisational culture and its influence on risk management. You’ll understand leadership styles and how managing risk results in enhancing cyber-aware cultures.

Understand risk assessment

You’ll explore digital security risks to understand what a risk is and discuss identifying and assessing risks, threats, and vulnerabilities.

The course then delves into the risk management model, which illustrates the processes involved in managing risk.

You’ll consider the various categories of threats, including environmental, human errors, technical failures, and deliberate acts.

You’ll look at ‘risk appetite’ and how organisations weigh up the acceptable level of risk permitted in the pursuit of its objectives.

Identify digital security risks

You’ll examine different types of risk, for example emerging risks, often described as ‘high impact, low likelihood’ and delve into the key challenges in managing these, such as the complexity of the cyberspace, a lack of historical data, and the international nature of cyber crime.

Finally, you’ll explore how to cultivate a rigorous digital security culture where information protection considerations are an integral part of an employee’s job, habits, and conduct, and how to integrate them in their day-to-day actions.


  • Week 1

    Introducing Risk Management

    • Welcome to Risk Management

      Find out what topics you'll be covering in this course on risk management.

    • Risks and risk management model

      In order for an organisation to manage risk, it needs to identify and evaluate the various risks it faces.

    • Threats

      A threat is any action or event with the potential to cause harm.

    • Impact and vulnerability

      Risk assessment plays a very big and important role within organisations.

    • Coming up next

      Reflect on what you have learned and see what's coming up next.

  • Week 2

    Culture and Leadership Types

    • Introduction to Week 2

      This week will investigate the methods of managing risks, the theoretical approaches, and the challenges of managing emerging risks.

    • Concepts and challenges

      Concepts, theoretical approaches and challenges of managing digital security risks.

    • Cyber security culture

      Cyber security culture, dimensions and the role of leadership.

    • Summary and reflection

      Reflect on what you have learned and see what's coming up next.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explain risk assessment strategies, including identifying and assessing level of risk
  • Apply IT risk management and techniques to mitigate threats to an organisation and its decision-making processes
  • Demonstrate an understanding and critical insight into organisational culture and its influence on risk management
  • Identify leadership styles that enhance cyber-aware cultures

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who is keen to increase their knowledge of digital security risks and the tools and techniques used to guard against them.

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.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry

About this ExpertTrack

Explore how to protect against cyber attacks using the key principles of digital security.

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