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The Future of Cyber Security and Emerging Technologies

Discuss the future of cyber security, emerging technologies, the challenges they pose and the development of cyber solutions.

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    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
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What does the future hold for cyber security and are we ready for it?

On this course, you’ll explore the future of cyber security and how organisations should respond to cyber incidents. You’ll have the chance to examine emerging technologies and the security-related challenges they pose.

You’ll discuss the sophistication of growing threats to organisations that conduct their business online and whether or not a bulletproof solution for these threats is possible.

Understand threat management and critical infrastructure protection

You’ll consider what responsibilities corporate and public-sector boards have for oversight of cyber and information security.

You’ll then explore critical infrastructure protection and how it relates to the preparedness and response to serious incidents that involve the infrastructure of a region or nation.

You’ll also unpack the role of the board, the importance of cross-organisational commitment, and how the digital-dependent business world amplifies the impact of cyber attacks.

Discover emerging technologies and the Gartner Hype Cycle

Explore the impact of new technologies on cyber security and analyse the Gartner Hype Cycle, which details five different emerging technology movements that blur the lines between humans and machines.

You’ll consider key reasons why new technology systems can be more vulnerable to cyber attacks due to vulnerabilities in their hardware and software components, and the result of human error.

Finally, you’ll discuss the future of threat management, the influence this will have on corporate security and whether workplaces and employees will be able to keep up.


  • Week 1

    Cyber Risk and Strategy

    • Integrating cyber risk and strategy

      We are aware now that cyber risks can cause damage to an organisation – financially, operationally and even extensive reputational damage.

    • Roles of the board in cyber security

      What responsibilities do corporate and public-sector boards have for oversight of cyber and information security?

    • Critical infrastructure

      Critical infrastructure protection is a concept that relates to the preparedness and response to serious incidents that involve the critical infrastructure of a region or nation.

    • Digital ecosystems

      The digital ecosystem-dependent business world amplifies the impact of cyber-attacks.

    • Sumary and reflection

      Reflect on what you have learned this week and what's coming up next.

  • Week 2

    The Future of Cyber Security

    • Emerging technologies and economies

      Find out what topics you'll be covering on the Future of Technologies.

    • Peer Graded Assignment

      In this activity, we consolidate your learning up until this point. You are asked to submit your assignment and grade at least two of your peers' work

    • The workforce and technology

      With the rapid growth of technology in the workplace, will employees be able to keep up with future technologies?

    • Cyberspace 2025

      Future threat management will become very demanding and have a big influence on corporate security

    • Global cooperation

      Global cooperation will create room for more jobs for people in developing economies.

    • Summary and reflection

      Reflect on what you have learned

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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...

  • Assess how the nature of cyber threats evolves
  • Discuss if yesterday’s prevention strategies are adequate for preventing advanced, targeted attacks
  • Discuss the key areas shaping the future of cyber security

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who is keen to increase their knowledge of digital security risks and the tools and techniques used to guard against them.

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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Explore how to protect against cyber attacks using the key principles of digital security.

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