Online Microcredential in IT & Computer Science

Cyber Security Operations (Cisco CCNA)

Upskill in cyber security operations and enhance your working knowledge of cyber security with Cisco and The Open University.

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The Open UniversityThe Open University

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Cisco Networking AcademyCisco Networking Academy

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Develop professional skills to respond to and prevent cyberattacks and crimes

Cyber security is rapidly evolving, and professionals must keep up-to-date with the complexities of different cyber threats, as well as the different technologies under attack.

On this microcredential, you’ll learn how cyber security professionals respond to an imminent, active or recent cyber threat. You’ll explore how to go about resolving attacks and how to complete legal investigations of any potential cybercrime.

You’ll develop skills in this exciting area using up-to-date experience from the internationally recognised Cisco CCNA Cyber Security operations certification.

What skills will you learn?

  • Network concepts
  • Security concepts
  • Cryptography
  • Host-based security analysis
  • Security monitoring
  • Attack methods
  • Endpoint threat analysis and computer forensics
  • Network intrusion analysis
  • Incident response
  • Data and event analysis
  • Incident handling

What you will achieve

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

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

This microcredential is for anyone who wants to master the many skills required for a career in cyber security, but it’s recommended that you have a good general understanding of computer technology and a technical experience from a computing, IT or industry qualification.

However, all required skills and foundational knowledge are covered within this microcredential.

Please note it is essential that you are able to access a device capable of running a virtual machine.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for professionals looking to enter the growing cyber security industry, as well as those with a background in the area who are looking to upskill.

Professionals who would benefit most from the microcredential include those working in network engineering, systems support, and IT.

Completing this microcredential will not require you to be Cisco focussed as the concepts and practices covered can be applied in many alternate professional and technical contexts.

Please note this microcredential closes for enrolment 2 March 2020.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential.

  • Before learning

    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.
  • Course

    From 16 Mar 2020

    Cyber Security Operations (Cisco CCNA)

    Develop skills, knowledge and understanding focused on how Cyber Security professionals respond to a cyber attack.

    12 weeks
    13 hours per week
  • After learning

    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.

What you will receive

15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Certificate of Completion from Cisco Networking Academy

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Additional benefits

If you pass the embedded final assessment at 75% or higher on the first attempt, you’ll receive a significant discount on the optional Cisco CCNA Cyber Security Operations Exam.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. You’ll earn transferable academic credit to build towards a full degree, or your microcredential can stand alone as an independent qualification.

Learn online with a leading university

Complete online courses led by expert tutors over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited qualification.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Learn more about the Common Microcredential Framework

Career-focused learning by The Open University

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.

  • Established1969
  • LocationMilton Keynes, UK
  • World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

This microcredential is endorsed by Cisco Networking Academy

This microcredential uses Cisco's CCNA Cybersecurity Operations syllabus, equipping successful students with the skills and knowledge required to pass the associated CCNA Cyber Ops Certification.

Delivered by expert academics

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Enthusiastic about teaching network engineering and cybersecurity - been doing it for a very long time. Also: iconoclast, user of social media for pedagogy, herder of geeks, nerds and anoracks.

When would you like to start?

We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Join on the date that suits you or register to hear from an enrolment advisor about future runs and updates.

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Frequently asked questions

We can accept payments made by card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) or PayPal via our online system.

You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. You can find more information in our refund policy.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

Microcredentials are stand-alone products, designed to meet specific learner and employer needs and offer a credential ‘in their own right’. However, those awarded by the Open University do have a credit value at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and so may indeed be used towards qualifications (eg a Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma of Higher Education or Post Graduate Certificate) at the Open University, or potentially at another University (subject to the agreement of the receiving institution).

To get your microcredential credit recognised towards a qualification at the Open University, see our Credit transfer information. Please note that, at the time of writing, credit transfer at the Open University is only possible in multiples of 30 credits (ie two 15-credit micro-credentials, or three 10-credit micro-credentials). Different institutions will have their own policies. As the Open University expands our microcredential offer, we will recognise smaller credit chunks and update our credit transfer policies, so there will be various opportunities to use your microcredential towards a qualification in the future if you so choose.

Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.