Online ExpertTrack in IT & Computer Science

Network Security and Defence

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

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Coventry UniversityCoventry University

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Explore network security and develop an understanding of cyber threats

The aim of this ten-week ExpertTrack is to develop your knowledge to secure networks. This ExpertTrack aims to develop your understanding of cyber attacks, effective defence, and crisis management.

Explore the range of potential threats to a network and the ways to assess them for likelihood and impact. Look at ways to determine the level of defence required to manage these threats within the tolerances of an organisation and as appropriate for the data held.

Create a secure network

Over the course of this ExpertTrack, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the core concept of cyber security, and to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to detect vulnerabilities. Explore how to develop attack profiles for conventional networks, security architectures and advanced protection methods and investigate testing, monitoring and audit, including advanced protection methods.

Discover data management techniques

As part of this ExpertTrack, you will have the opportunity to learn about physical and electronic data management and movement, which helps to ensure that the data in a system is accurate, available and accessible.

Explore the history of the internet and cyber security

In order to develop your understanding of network defence management, you will have the opportunity to explore the chronological developments of IT, to help you gain a historical perspective.

Look at future cyber threats like AI

It’s important to think about future issues that may arise during your career in network security, including artificial intelligence, state hacking and quantum technologies.

Key skills you will learn

  • Network defence principles
  • Network defence management
  • IT infrastructure
  • Cyber threats
  • Network environments
  • Organisational structure
  • Data classification
  • Data management and movement
  • Data sharing
  • Cyber security

Learning outcomes

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

  • Recognise the variety of potential cyberattacks an organisation may face
  • Describe the threat environment
  • Identify effective responses to cyberattacks
  • Identify strategies to maintain network security
  • Describe the principles of critical event management and communicate effectively

Experience required

You do not need any experience working in or studying cyber security or IT in order to benefit from this ExpertTrack.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is suited to anyone looking to develop their understanding of cyber security and network defence management.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Explore the basic requirements of network defence management and delve into the different cyber threats you’ll have to face.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Network Defence Management in Context
      • Welcome
      • Introduction to cyber security and network defence
      • Cyber threats – the UK context
      • A summary of the week
    • Week 2

      The International Landscape
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Cyber warfare
      • Social element of network defence
      • Policy and legislation
      • Summary of the week
  • Course 2

    Delve into IT infrastructure and explore the history of information technology (IT), information systems (IS), and cyber security.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Historical Context
      • Welcome to Network Defence Management: A History of IT
      • A history of Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS)
      • Computer networks
      • Summary
    • Week 2

      Technology Changes and Cyber Threats
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Cloud technology
      • Cyber threats
      • A summary of the course
  • Course 3

    Explore network environments and how to defend your network against cyber threats and improve your internet security.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Key Network Defence Management Considerations
      • Welcome to Network Defence Management: Network Environments
      • Physical elements
      • Organisational factors
      • Regulations
      • Summary of the week
    • Week 2

      The Bad Side of Network Defence Management
      • Welcome back
      • Internal factors
      • Cyber-attack case studies
      • A summary of the week
  • Course 4

    Explore the layers of network security architecture and how to manage them before, during, and after an event.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Network Defence Configurations
      • Welcome to Network Defence Management: Security Architecture
      • Network defence layers
      • A summary of the week
    • Week 2

      Maintenance and Response Strategies
      • Welcome back
      • Maintenance of network defence operations
      • Identifying and responding to attacks
      • A summary of the week
  • Course 5

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

    1 peer-graded assignment

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Future Risk and Technological Considerations
      • Welcome
      • Future risk and technological considerations
      • A summary of the week
    • Week 2

      Quantum Technologies and Practical Approaches
      • Welcome back
      • Quantum technologies and practical approaches
      • A summary of the week
      • Further reading

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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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