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Basics of Network Security

Explore the basic concepts of networks and network security and the tools used by network engineers and attackers.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 6 hours
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This course is part of the program Network Security, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Cyber Security. Find out more.

Understand the threats posed to organisations' networks and how to secure them.

On 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?

What topics will you cover?

  • Describe the concepts of network security and cyber attacks
  • Evaluate real-world security case studies
  • Apply cyber security principles to protect assets
  • Assess security threats from a practical and theoretical viewpoint

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    This course started 13 May 2019

What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe the concepts of network security and cyber-attacks
  • Evaluate real-world security case studies
  • Apply cyber security principles to protect assets
  • Assess security threats from a practical and theoretical viewpoint

Who is the course for?

The Institute of Coding supported the development of this course in response to consultation with industry representatives from the healthcare, manufacturing and automotive sectors.

This course is designed for people familiar with basic computing who want to learn about the techniques and technologies of network security.

What software or tools do you need?

In order to complete the labs you will need a PC capable of running Virtual Machines (VMs). We recommend at least a dual core CPU and 8GB of memory. You would also need about 100GB of hard disk space to store the VMs.

In order to run the virtual machines you will need to download and install VMware Workstation Player (if you are running on Windows or Linux). It is free for non-commercial/educational use and you can get it from the VMware website. If you are running a Mac you will need VMware Fusion.

You will also use Linux. If you are not already familiar with the Linux environment and it’s command line, there are plenty of online resources and tutorials to get you started. We would recommend that you look into some of these before starting the modules. You need to be familiar with the core linux commands, input/output redirecting and piping, file manipulation, basic network configuration and user account management.

Who will you learn with?

Christo Panchev

Dr. Christo Panchev is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at Coventry University with more than 20 years experience in industry and higher education, research and teaching in A.I. and Cyber Security.

John Filippas

Dr John Filippas is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Networking at Coventry University. His research interests include Biomedical Computing, Parallel Computing and Computer Games.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

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How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Network Security, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Cyber Security.