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In this course you will examine the theory and practice of network fundamentals from the defender’s and attacker’s perspectives.

You will have the opportunity to use tools for networking that allow you to query services, test routing and more. At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself to a network security boot camp – can you work with a virtual networked device to make it secure?

This short course is the introductory two-week course for the program in Network Security which forms part of the MSc Cyber Security online degree at Coventry University delivered on FutureLearn.

This program is made up of ten weeks (five two-week short courses), taught on FutureLearn, followed by an additional period to submit your assessment (details of which can be found on the Assessment tab of the program page). In addition to the courses in FutureLearn, the program page gives you access to live tutorials, student support sessions and further study resources and services.

This week

Through this week’s activities you will:

  • Explore the basic principles of computer networks, network topologies and basic network devices
  • Investigate cyber attacks and the potential issues that these can cause on network operations
  • Discuss the principles and basic solutions in network security
  • Scan and analyse the exposure of a server with and without a basic security solution, known as a firewall

Meet the team

Your lead educators are Christo Panchev, Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at Coventry University, and John Filippas, Senior Lecturer in Computer Networking at Coventry University.

Your associate lecturer throughout this program is Antal Goldschmidt.

You can follow your lead educators and associate lecturer by selecting the links to their FutureLearn profile pages and selecting ‘Follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.

Your task

In the comments section below, introduce yourself to the rest of your group and tell us what you are most looking forward to in this course.

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Basics of Network Security

Coventry University