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IoT Security Case Studies

Explore the IoT security issues that have been discovered and exploited in recent years.

IoT Security Case Studies
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    6 hours

Examine real-world threats to the IoT

The number of active IoT devices is growing rapidly, making them attractive targets for cyber attacks.

In October 2016, hackers used tens of thousands of hijacked IoT devices to take a large portion of the internet offline in the US. While it’s thought to be the largest attack of its kind in history, it’s unlikely to be the last.

In this short course, we examine real-world incidents to better understand IoT security threats and the goals of cyber attackers.

What topics will you cover?

  • IoT security case studies
  • Legal actions and outcomes
  • Monetary and reputational costs

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...

  • Assess previous security failings in IoT
  • Evaluate the legal implications of historic IoT security incidents
  • Identify potential future incidents given current trends in IoT

Who is the course for?

MSc Cyber Security students.

What software or tools do you need?


Who will you learn with?

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.

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