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Secure System Analysis and Design

Learn the fundamental methods and techniques of system analysis and secure design.

Secure System Analysis and Design
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
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System design and system specification are crucial stages in the process of software development.

In this course, you will have the chance to explore the first two stages of the software development life cycle, focusing on design principles that can be used to improve the security level of the systems under development.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll understand how to apply formal methods to outline and design your system’s behaviour and reduce potential threats to your information security.

Understand and demonstrate the major principles of secure design

In the first week of this course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to identify security risks, and get to grips with the core principles underlying secure design. This includes identifying system threats, vulnerabilities, and risks before moving onto finding solutions to mitigate against them.

Explore modes of formal security modelling and specifications

Once you’ve understood how to identify threats, you’ll move onto applying formal processes to decide and design your system’s behaviour. This includes building your confidence in reviewing appropriate core security processes for your systems and prepares you for implementation.

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll be ready to apply secure system design principles and move onto building your skills in development.

What topics will you cover?

  • Applying secure design principles to diminish potential system threats and vulnerabilities
  • Applying formal methods to specify and design system’s behaviour

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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...

  • Identify threat, vulnerability and risk concepts
  • Demonstrate use of secure design principles
  • Evaluate human factors in system security
  • Explore security needs of various systems
  • Assess appropriate core security measures for the systems
  • Identify model system behaviour using formal methods and tools

Who is the course for?

This ExpertTrack is suited to people looking to increase their understanding of software development lifecycle and security considerations. It has been designed for security analysts, security architects, software developers, and aspiring security specialists.

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.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

About this ExpertTrack

This course will introduce you to information security design principles and teach you about their impact on secure systems.

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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