Online course in Tech & Coding

Security Operations

Examine the role and composition of a security operations centre (SOC) and how it works within an organisation.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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This course is part of the program Intrusion Detection and Response, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Cyber Security. Find out more.

Discover the techniques used by businesses to protect their cyber security

How do businesses handle cyber attacks? What value does a security operations centre give to an organisation? Discover the answers to these questions on this course.

You will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the processes of a SOC and how it’s operated by staff. You will also consider how it fits in within the rest of the business.

What topics will you cover?

  • The role of the security operations centre (SOC)
  • SOC processes
  • SOC staff
  • The SOC interface with the business
  • SOC, governance and IT service management
  • Security traps and the dark net

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 16 Sep 2019

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore the role of the SOC and its members
  • Demonstrate how a SOC could be integrated into existing business processes
  • Evaluate sources of threat intelligence and their usefulness to the business

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to learn more about cyber security incidents and how they’re addressed by modern organisations.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

What software or tools do you need?

In order to complete the practical laboratory exercises that take place in this course and across the rest of the program, you’ll need to download and configure the Virtual Machines (VMs) from our repository. In order to complete the virtual labs you will need a PC capable of running Virtual Machines (VMs).

We recommend at least a dual-core CPU with Intel’s vt-x or AMD-V enabled (sometimes these features require a BIOS setting to activate in same laptops). You will also need a minimum of 8GB of memory and about 60GB of free hard disk space to store the VMs.

Who will you learn with?

Faye Mitchell

Faye Mitchell

Faye is Deputy Head of School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at Coventry. She has over 20 years experience as an academic, especially in the areas of AI, ML, ITSM, OSes, and cyber security.

Sandy Taramonli

Sandy Taramonli

Dr. Sandy Taramonli is a Senior Lecturer at Coventry University and Course Director for Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security. Her interests include Cyber Security, Cryptography and Forensics.

Christo Panchev

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.

Who developed the course?

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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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 Intrusion Detection and Response, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Cyber Security.