Online ExpertTrack in IT & Computer Science

Cyber Security Foundations: Start Building Your Career in Cyber Defense

Discover why cyber security is important, and how to build organizational cyber resilience in these four cyber security courses.

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Discover how to build cyber resilience in your organization

Cyber security is one of the key challenges faced by organizations in the digital age. The estimated global cost of cyber attacks is predicted to rise as high as $10.5 trillion by 2025.

Cyber resilience — the capacity to anticipate, respond, and recover from cyber attacks — is essential for modern organizations.

This ExpertTrack will familiarize you with cyber security essentials to help protect your organization.

You’ll learn why cyber security is important, studying real-life examples of malware attacks. You’ll also explore key defenses, such as ransomware protection and how to guard against social engineering attacks. This will be strengthened by best practices, such as password policy and mobile data security policy.

The last half of this ExpertTrack focuses on identity and access management. This will help you control access to sensitive information, to support data security and cyber resilience.

Explore why cyber security is important

This ExpertTrack is made up of four cyber security courses, each of which will help you build organizational cyber resilience.

The first is an introduction to why cyber security is so important. You’ll discover common cyber attacks, such as phishing, social engineering attacks, and ransomware, and how to protect against them. You’ll learn the organizational importance of mobile data security policy and password policy, and explore how to prepare for the worst with disaster management.

The second course focuses on malware protection. You’ll understand different examples of malware attacks, such as trojan horses, spyware, and ransomware, and use this knowledge to build a malware protection strategy that is alive to the evolving threat posed by malware.

Protect sensitive information with identity and access management

The last two courses focus on identity and access management. This ensures sensitive information is only available to certain people, at certain times, to strengthen data security. You’ll cover key areas, such as single sign-on, authentication, and cloud identity management.

Everything you learn in this ExpertTrack is founded on real-life, practical examples. You’ll be able to apply what you learn straightaway, to address the very real threat of cyber attacks. These cyber security courses have been designed by EC Council, the world’s largest cyber security technical certification body. EC-Council has trained and certified over 220,000 information security professionals globally.


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Key skills you will learn

  • Data protection
  • Virus recovery
  • Identity and access management
  • Cyber security
  • Data security
  • Malware protection
  • Ransomware protection
  • Virus protection
  • Building cyber resilience
  • IT security
  • IT management

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Explore the foundational concepts and issues in cybersecurity
  • Assess cybersecurity threats
  • Evaluate how to reduce vulnerabilities and risk
  • Discuss cybersecurity attacks and their outcomes

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is designed for IT professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of cyber security . It would also suit those with oversight of IT teams or responsibility for data security.

Learners will benefit from having some professional experience within IT, but are not expected to be cyber security specialists. This ExpertTrack is designed as an introduction to cyber security.

There are no formal entry requirements.

Getting started

This cyber security ExpertTrack is aimed at IT professionals who want to protect their organization from cyber attacks. If you want to understand why cyber security is important, and how to build cyber resilience, this ExpertTrack is for you.

You might be a data administrator, a manager with some responsibility for sensitive data, or someone targeting a career in cyber security . It would suit early-career professionals, IT professionals who would like to better understand evolving cyber risks, or would-be cyber security specialists.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Learn how to defend yourself from common cyber attacks, such as phishing, ransomware, and social engineering attacks.

    2 tests

    3 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      What Are the First Steps in Protecting My Data?
      • Learning Together on FutureLearn
      • Welcome to the Course
      • Physical Security: Part 1
      • Physical Security: Part 2
      • Best Practices: Passwords
      • Best Practices: Updates
    • Week 2

      How to Address Suspicious Internet Activity
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • How Vulnerable are Our Social Media Accounts?
      • Internet Security: Part 1
      • Internet Security: Part 2
      • Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
    • Week 3

      How to Secure Myself, My Data and My Company
      • The Final Week Ahead
      • Securing Email Communication
      • Securing Mobile Devices
      • Securing the Cloud
      • Securing Network Connections
      • Summary
  • Course 2

    Discover how to defend yourself against evolving cyber attacks in this cyber security training focused on malware protection.

    4 tests

    4 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Phishing Related Cybersecurity Attacks
      • Welcome to the Course
      • Phishing
      • Spear-phishing
      • Whaling
      • Smishing
      • Vishing
      • Summary
    • Week 2

      Social Engineering Techniques
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Dumpster Diving
      • Tailgating
      • Baiting
      • Impersonation
      • Summary
    • Week 3

      An Introduction to the World of Malware
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • Malware in the Real World and the Media
      • What Is a Virus?
      • What Are Worms?
      • What Are Trojans?
      • What Is Ransomware?
      • Summary
    • Week 4

      Malware Today
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Adware: Unclosable Ad Traps
      • Spyware: Invades Devices and Steals Sensitive Information
      • File-less Malware: Sneaks into Your Running Application
      • The Hybrid Attack: A Combination of Different Malware
      • Summary
  • Course 3

    Explore key identity and access management concepts and learn how they can contribute to data security and cyber resilience.

    4 tests

    4 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      What is Identity and Access Management?
      • Welcome to the Course
      • What is Identity and Access Management?
      • Governance: Part 1
      • Governance: Part 2
    • Week 2

      Understanding Identification and Authentication
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Key Concepts: Identification
      • Key Concepts: Authentication
      • Biometric Authentication
      • Summary
    • Week 3

      Understanding Authorization
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • Key Concepts: Authorization Part 1
      • Key Concepts: Authorization Part 2
    • Week 4

      The Role of Organizational Processes in Identity and Access Management
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Organizational Processes: Part 1
      • Organizational Processes: Part 2
  • Course 4

    Build your identity and access management expertise in this course covering topics such as single sign-on, cloud models, and AI.

    3 tests

    4 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Standards and Best Practices for Identity and Access Management
      • Welcome to the Course
      • Guidance and Standards
      • Understanding Single Sign On (SSO) and Federation Identity
      • Summary
    • Week 2

      Cloud Management and Implementation Processes in Identity and Access Management
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Cloud Services: Part 1
      • Cloud Services: Part 2
      • Implementation
      • Summary
    • Week 3

      Technologies in the Identity and Access Management Context
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • Introduction to Technology
      • Technologies: Part 1
      • Technologies: Part 2
      • Technologies: Part 3
      • Summary
    • Week 4

      Case Studies
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Citizen Identification Proof
      • G2C Services and B2C Integration
      • Enterprise Integration
      • Web Services and SSO

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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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