By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...
- Explain the purpose of different cybersecurity technologies
- Evaluate current, commonplace threats in the context of a cybersecurity investigation
- Evaluate how different security and cryptographic techniques affect a cybersecurity incursion
- Investigate evidence from a cyber security incursion
- Apply legally defensible practices to a cyber security investigation
You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with your fellow learners and read any announcements or information relating to your microcredential.
From 11 Oct 2021
Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)
Develop skills, knowledge and understanding focused on how cyber security professionals respond to a cyberattack.
13 hours per week
Introduction to CyberOps
- Welcome to the course
- Introduction to NetAcad
- What are the challenges?
- The threat in reality
- Week 1 Review
The art of warfare
- Security operations and Windows
- Modules 1 and 2: Threat Actors and Defenders
- Week 2 Review
The differences between Operating Systems and Security Onion
- Linux and networking protocols and services
- Modules 3 and 4: Operating System Overview
- Week 3 Review
You don’t fight a battle on just one front
- Network infrastructure and security
- Modules 5–10: Network Fundamentals
- Week 4 Review
Gathering data: maybe this is the art of war?
- Protecting the network from attacks
- Modules 11 and 12: Network Communication Devices and Network Security Infrastructure
- Week 5 Review
- Becoming a threat manager
- Modules 13–17: Threats and Attacks
- Week 6 Review
Monitoring the attacker
- Analysis and monitoring
- Modules 18–23 (2 sprints to complete)
- Week 7 Review
Responding to an incident
- Incident response
- Modules 24–28 (2 sprints to complete)
- Week 8 Review
Reflecting on your learning so far
- Time to catch up
- Looking back: the Cisco course exams!
- Looking forward: the practical question
- Looking forward: the academic question
- Week 9 Review
The CyberOps assessment
- Welcome to your assessment
- Assessment questions
- Deadlines for submission
Preparing your assessment
- Preparing your assessment
Submitting your assessment
- Submitting your assessment
Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your university credit from The Open University.
You’ll have permanent access to the Cisco NetAcad platform and all learning resources and software associated with the microcredential.
15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University
Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment. The assessment will require you to complete four questions, two of which draw on the results from your Cisco chapter exams and final examinations. The third question focuses on a practical cybersecurity forensic investigation, and the fourth question is a short 500-word academic piece exploring current cybersecurity threats.
Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.
Passing the final assessment with 75% or higher at the first attempt grants a significant discount on the optional Cisco Associate Cyber Security Operations Exam.
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.
LocationMilton Keynes, UK
World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020