Acquire core security practices and techniques applied to the secure development of systems.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Develop applications that implement secure principles.

Developing systems that are secure could guarantee the proper functioning and the high level of reliability and trust of these systems.

This course will present a range of techniques and methods that can be used for the implementation of secure systems. For instance, we will explore secure programming principles and investigate how formal modelling can be incorporated into the development process to provide a more secure system.

What topics will you cover?

  • Implementing secure systems
  • Managing secure system development

Learning on this course

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...

  • Explain the principles of secure programming and its application in real world systems
  • Apply a range of core security technologies (eg access control, encryption, authentication techniques)
  • Explore implementation errors and exploits
  • Develop secure systems using the respective tools
  • Experiment with a system’s functioning using formal models

Who is the course for?

The course is for MSc Cyber Security students.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

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.

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.

Antal Goldschmidt

Course Director, MSc Cyber Security; Coventry University

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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