Online ExpertTrack in IT & Computer Science

Digital Security Training: Cyber Threats and Risk Management

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

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Coventry UniversityCoventry University

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Understand digital security and protect against cyber threats

The worldwide information security market is forecast to reach $170.4 billion in 2022 which will in turn increase demand for digital security knowledge and skills.

While cyber attacks are on the rise, many organisations have unprotected data and insufficient cyber security protocols, making them vulnerable to data loss. To fight this, businesses must prioritise enacting digital security best practices.

This ExpertTrack will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of digital information security concepts and an understanding of their application. You’ll become an expert in the threats posed to organisations and the approaches needed to mitigate such risks.

Explore cyber threats and risk management

The first course in this ExpertTrack covers the fundamentals of cyber security, the different types of cyber threat, and the development of an effective security policy.

Once you have covered the basics, you’ll explore IT risk management and the techniques used to mitigate threats to an organisation.

You’ll consider security policies, security governance, and incident response strategies, learning how to apply different approaches to various real life cyber security breaches.

Investigate cryptography and access control

Take the chance to explore the key principles of access control, password security, and biometrics, giving you an understanding of how access security breaches typically take place and what can be done to prevent them.

There will be an opportunity to unpack the basic principles of cryptography and analyse different encryption methods.

Then you’ll analyse relevant laws and regulations, including GDPR and the Computer Misuse Act (CMA), enabling you to work confidently within guidelines to uphold a high level of data security.

With the rise of cloud-based systems and Bring Your Own Device policies (BYOD), there are new risks and vulnerabilities to consider. In this course you will discuss these risks and how they affect individuals and organisations.

Prepare for the future of cyber security and threat management

The final course in the ExpertTrack looks at the future of cyber security and threat management, taking into account the increased vulnerabilities of high technology systems.

To complete your digital security training, you’ll critically 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.

Key skills you will learn

  • Enterprise information security
  • Risk management
  • Risk assessment
  • Cyber security
  • Information security
  • Digital security
  • Security tools
  • Network management
  • Data management

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of security concepts and protocols and their application to contemporary internet and mobile-based solutions and technologies
  • Investigate the role of a security policy for protecting information assets, as well as demonstrate self-direction in designing security policies to defend those assets within the context of global communication and the web
  • Perform a systematic digital risk assessment, identification and analysis in accordance with international standards and demonstrate an ability to deal with complex issues
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of IT governance that relates to information security and how it influences the security policy of an organisation
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of a wide range of current research and technological advances in cyber security and the ability to assess these

Experience required

This ExpertTrack will give you the skills and knowledge to ensure digital security best practices are upheld within your organisation and company data is protected. This includes knowledge of key concepts such as data management, cyber warfare, security tools, and data sharing.

You do not need to have any previous experience within Digital Security.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack has been created for anybody looking to increase their knowledge of digital security risks and the tools and techniques used to guard against them.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Understand cyber security, types of cyber threat, and the development of an effective security policy.

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to The Cyber Security Landscape
      • The cyber security landscape
      • Cyber security and types of threats
      • The impact of cyber crime
      • Summary
    • Week 2

      Cyber Security Breaches
      • Introduction to Week 2
      • Risks
      • Summary
  • Course 2

    Learn the fundamentals of IT risk management and the techniques used to mitigate threats to an organisation and its people.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introducing Risk Management
      • Welcome to Risk Management
      • Risks and risk management model
      • Threats
      • Impact and vulnerability
      • Coming up next
    • Week 2

      Culture and Leadership Types
      • Introduction to Week 2
      • Concepts and challenges
      • Cyber security culture
      • Summary and reflection
  • Course 3

    Explore the guiding principles of information security policies and their influence on businesses and organisations.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Information Security Planning and Governance
      • Information Security Policy (ISP)
      • Information System Governance (ISG)
      • Information Security Management Systems (ISMS)
      • Access control
      • Summary and reflection
    • Week 2

      Contingency Planning and Incident Response
      • What is contingency planning?
      • Contingency planning
      • Incident response
      • Summary and reflection
  • Course 4

    Understand cryptographic concepts and explore cyber laws and the legal implications of globalised data and access.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Principles of Cryptography
      • Introduction to cryptography
      • Encryptions
      • Digital signatures and certificates
      • Securing communications
      • Crypto system attacks
      • Summary and reflection
    • Week 2

      Cyber law and legal responses to cyber crime
      • Welcome to Week 2 and cyber law
      • Cyber crime
      • The legal response to cyber crime
      • Cloud security
      • Sumary and reflection
  • Course 5

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

    1 peer-graded assignment

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Cyber Risk and Strategy
      • Integrating cyber risk and strategy
      • Roles of the board in cyber security
      • Critical infrastructure
      • Digital ecosystems
      • Sumary and reflection
    • Week 2

      The Future of Cyber Security
      • Emerging technologies and economies
      • Peer Graded Assignment
      • The workforce and technology
      • Cyberspace 2025
      • Global cooperation
      • Summary and reflection

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