Explore the platforms and security behind the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    6 hours

What really makes an IoT device?

In many ways, the physical function of each IoT device in a home or workplace is only a minor detail. After all, within a smart kettle is a platform with the potential to run millions of lines of code and communicate with databases, dashboards and other devices.

In this short course, we examine the hardware and service platforms behind the IoT and explore the measures that aim to keep them secure.

What topics will you cover?

  • Common IoT platforms
  • Building simple IoT systems
  • Cloud and internet services for IoT
  • Physical security in IoT

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...

  • Evaluate a range of hardware platforms and service platforms related to IoT
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact with typical IoT ecosystems using standard protocols and services, such as Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), influxDB and Grafana

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