Online ExpertTrack in IT & Computer Science

Advanced Cyber Security Training

Build essential cyber security skills and learn about security threats and how to manage them.

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Get practical, hands on experience in cybersecurity

Cyber security breaches can have devastating impacts on businesses, with an average cost per data breach of $3.92 million.

If you work within cyber security or want to bring more preventative measures to your company, this ExpertTrack will help you build on basic cyber security knowledge to develop your understanding further.

This ExpertTrack will teach you how to identify, mitigate, prevent and recover from some of the biggest threats in cyber security. You can use these skills to bring security remedies to your workplace.

Delve into password security and attacks

Though passwords are still widely used, it’s important to recognise their vulnerabilities to avoid potential cyber security breaches. You’ll gain practical experience of how password attacks happen, and gain insight into cyber security techniques and tools that can prevent malicious attacks from happening.

You’ll also learn how to set up an effective environment for security testing so that you discover first-hand the different methodologies that can be used to bypass passwords.

This will develop your understanding of the vital practice of conducting a thorough security assessment and penetration test.

Learn how to increase network security

Network attacks are a growing problem, which can have severe impacts on your work networks. On this ExpertTrack, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to understand the different types of attacks that can occur on your network, such as spear phishing, and learn how to use security tools to help prevent them.

You’ll also learn the key ways of dealing with disaster recovery, should a cyber attack happen.

Understand risks to web applications using the OWASP Top 10

Through a hands-on practical approach, this ExpertTrack will give you an in-depth insight into web application risks and how to increase software security in practice.

You’ll dive into the OWASP Top 10, the standard awareness document about the largest risks to web applications, and learn how to use common exploitation techniques to see the impacts of these risks.

By the end of this comprehensive ExpertTrack, you’ll feel confident of both the theory and practical application of password security, and understand the practices you need to implement to enhance password protection.

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Key skills you will learn

  • Identifying vulnerabilities
  • Protecting applications
  • Software security testing
  • Increasing software security
  • Password protection
  • Penetration tests
  • Password security
  • Network security
  • Cyber security

Experience required

You don’t need any prior cyber security experience to join this ExpertTrack.

Whether you are a cyber security beginner or have some understanding of network and cyber security in practice, each course is clearly explained in a way that’s suitable for beginners and experienced learners alike.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is ideal for those who are interested in increasing their awareness and understanding of cyber security for work, as well as those who want to learn how to protect their own networks and computers.

The courses are suitable for beginners through to intermediate-level learners. IT students, software developers, testers, application managers and those looking for a career in IT will find the courses particularly useful.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Learn how to increase your password security and get hands-on experience of password attacks and penetration test methods.

    2 tests

    2 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to Password Security and Types of Password Attacks
      • Welcome to the Expert Track
      • Welcome to the Course
      • Bypassing Your First Password
      • Brute Force Attacks
      • Dictionary Attacks
      • Rainbow Table Attacks
      • Week 1 Summary
    • Week 2

      Password Security in the Real World
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • The Downside of Passwords
      • Remedies and Mitigations
      • Case Studies
      • Week 2 Summary
  • Course 2

    Learn how to identify, mitigate, prevent, and recover from network attacks and understand how to increase your network security.

    4 tests

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Is My Network Really Under Attack?
      • Welcome to Network Security
      • Introduction to Network Threats
      • How a Malicious Hacker Goes About Breaking into Your Network: Physical Attacks and Man in the Middle Attacks
      • How a Malicious Hacker Goes About Breaking into Your Network: Social Engineering
      • Week 1 Summary
    • Week 2

      How to Securing Your Network from Within
      • Welcome to Week 2!
      • Securing Your Network Through Your Users
      • Securing Your Machine: Common Ways in for Hackers
      • Securing Your Machine: Changes You Should Make
      • Week 2 Summary
    • Week 3

      Network Monitoring and Preventative Measures Against Phishing
      • Welcome to Week 3!
      • Logs and Auditing: Monitoring Software
      • Logs and Auditing: IP Addresses
      • Phishing and Spear Phishing
      • Week 3 Summary
    • Week 4

      How to Test Your Network and Recover from Attacks
      • The Final Week Ahead
      • Red Team and Blue Team Approach
      • Tracking a Hacker (OSINT)
      • Recovering from an Attack
      • Week 4 Summary
  • Course 3

    Identify web application risks using the OWASP Top 10 and learn how to increase your software security.

    3 tests

    3 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Getting Started with OWASP
      • Welcome to OWASP Top 10 and Web Applications Fundamentals
      • World Wide Web Fundamentals
      • Injection Flaws
      • Broken Authentication
      • Week 1 Summary
    • Week 2

      How to Address Suspicious Internet Activity
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Sensitive Data Exposure
      • XML External Entities (XXE)
      • Broken Access Control
      • Security Misconfiguration
      • Week 2 Summary
    • Week 3

      XSS, Deserialized Data Attacks, Further Known Vulnerabilities, and How You Can Protect Your System Overall
      • Welcome to Week 3!
      • Cross-site Scripting (XSS)
      • Insecure Deserialization
      • Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities
      • Insufficient Logging and Monitoring
      • Week 3 Summary

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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, also known as EC-Council, is the world’s largest cyber security technical certification body.

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