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This course is part of the Network Security and Defence ExpertTrack

Introduction to Network Security and Defence

Explore the basic requirements of network defence management and delve into the different cyber threats you’ll have to face.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
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Explore the importance of network security for an organisation

Cyber security is crucial for most organisations, which is where network defence management comes in. This two-week course is designed to provide you with an overview of network defence management in context, and you’ll learn how to prevent cyber attacks.

Delve into the inner workings of cyber warfare

This course will provide you with an insight into the threat cyber warfare really poses to organisations, and you will have the opportunity to look at state hacking, cyber attacks and counter attacks. This gives you a chance to put your learning in context and understand exactly what you’re up against in network defence management.

Explore cyber security in the UK and beyond

You’ll have the opportunity to look at network defence management in context, which includes cyber threats in a UK context. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate the international landscape, including relevant policy and legislation.

Discover what a cyber security career entails

This course is designed to provide you with an overview of the threats cyber warfare poses, with a national and international context. This will help equip those looking to develop their cyber security career or start working in network defence management.


  • Week 1

    Network Defence Management in Context

    • Welcome

      In this activity, we introduce you to the course and ask you to consider our big question.

    • Introduction to cyber security and network defence

      In this activity, we provide an overview of cyber security and consider the evolving journey of network defence.

    • Cyber threats – the UK context

      In this activity, we focus on the cyber threat landscape in the UK.

    • A summary of the week

      A summary of this week's content and a chance to reflect on your learning.

  • Week 2

    The International Landscape

    • Welcome to Week 2

      In this activity, we introduce you to this week's content and pose a new big question.

    • Cyber warfare

      In this activity, we explore the elements involved in cyber warfare.

    • Social element of network defence

      In this activity, we consider the social element of cyber security – and explore what strategies can be taken to defend against attacks.

    • Policy and legislation

      In this activity, we consider national and international policies and legislation.

    • Summary of the week

      A summary of this week's content and a chance to reflect on your learning.

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Learning on this course

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...

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of network defence management
  • Demonstrate understanding of the effects of inappropriate network defence management

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to develop their understanding of cyber security and network defence management.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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About this ExpertTrack

Develop the essential cyber security knowledge and skills you need to prevent, detect and recover from network security incidents.

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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