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Network Security for Industry Professionals

Explore different methods to defend, deter and detect attacks on your business’s systems, with this free network security course.

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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Network Security for Industry Professionals

Why join the course?

Network security is of growing concern for businesses, with daily attacks occurring on internal systems. Increasingly, staff need to be more aware of network security issues, and how to protect themselves and their businesses from attack.

Understand network security attacks and protect your systems

This short, free online course will help professionals understand the first steps of network security techniques. We will focus on software vulnerabilities that can be used to attack a system, before exploring potential defence strategies to either deter or mitigate such attacks.

Over three weeks, you will:

  • identify different types of network security attack;
  • analyse how businesses and individuals can identify an attack on their networks;
  • compare different defend, deter and detect methods for protecting systems; and explore the tools used to detect attacks.
  • Learn with network security experts from CSIT Belfast

Network Security for Businesses and Professionals has been developed by The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast.

CSIT has an international reputation for its research, consultancy and continuing professional development (CPD) courses in the field of network security.

CSIT has an international reputation for its research, consultancy and continuing professional development (CPD) courses in the field of network security.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Architectural view of networks
  • Packets, ports and protocols
  • Well known threats and attacks
  • Denial of Service
  • Network scanning
  • Getting Started with Wireshark
  • Using Wireshark

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Investigate network attacks and defense
  • Explore how computers communicate with each other
  • Use systems to detect threats

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals who are working online within any business. If you are an individual, you can take it to boost your own network security skills. If you are a business, you can offer it to all of your staff, to increase their awareness of network security issues.

Who will you learn with?

Kieran McLaughlin

Dr Kieran McLaughlin is a Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), and is Director of the MSc Applied Cyber Security at QUB.

Who developed the course?

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities.

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

Find out more

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.