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This course is part of the Network Security and Defence ExpertTrack

The Future of Network Security and Defence

Know what to expect with the future needs of network defence management and how to scan for events that could change requirements.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • 100% online

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Prepare for a cyber security career in the future

For anyone considering or developing their career in cyber security, it’s crucial to be prepared for the future of network security and defence.

This two-week course will call on everything you’ve learnt in the previous items within this cyber security ExpertTrack as you look at network security posture.

Investigate emerging cyber security issues like hacking and AI

This course explores future issues in security including network risk and technological considerations. You’ll have the opportunity to look at artificial intelligence, state hacking, quantum technologies, satellites, reliance on technology and the Internet of Things.

Discover quantum technologies and practical approaches

You’ll consider collaborative working and data sharing, cyber threat intelligence, and the human factor. Every theory relates to a practical way that you can better create a secure network in a professional setting.

Explore the desired network security posture

Having awareness of security posture means considering several technical, operational, business, and global factors, including known vulnerabilities, security infrastructure and network and computing security architecture.

This course covers the complexities of managing the relationship between the desired network security posture and the true network security posture.

You’ll have the chance to examine this from the perspectives of testing, monitoring and audit, including advanced protection methods.


  • Week 1

    Future Risk and Technological Considerations

    • Welcome

      Welcome to a new week of Network Defence Management.

    • Future risk and technological considerations

      In this activity, we will look at risk appetite and review some of the technological innovations and trends driving cyber security challenges and solutions.

    • A summary of the week

      A review of the week and your chance to reflect on your learning.

  • Week 2

    Quantum Technologies and Practical Approaches

    • Welcome back

      Welcome back to the final week of Network Defence Management.

    • Quantum technologies and practical approaches

      In this final activity, we examine quantum technologies, the concept of collaborative working and data sharing, reviewing internal approaches to defence, along with the ongoing weakness of the human factor.

    • A summary of the week

      A review of the week and your chance to reflect on your learning.

    • Further reading

      Reading lists for all five short courses.

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Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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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...

  • Demonstrate awareness of the future needs of network defence management
  • Assess the future needs of network defence management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of network defence management alignment to risk appetite
  • Critically assess network defence management horizons

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to build their understanding of cyber security and network defence management.

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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About this ExpertTrack

Develop the essential cyber security knowledge and skills you need to prevent, detect and recover from network security incidents.

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  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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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
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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