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Introduction to Cyber Security

The Open University via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Cybersecurity
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 8 weeks long

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Overview

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This online course will help you understand online security and protect your digital life, whether at home or work.

Guided by Cory Doctorow, you will learn how to recognise threats that could harm you online and take steps to reduce the chances that they happen to you.

The course will frame your online safety in the context of the wider world, introducing concepts like malware, viruses, trojans, network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management.

The course was supported by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme, is GCHQ Certified Training and IISP accredited.

The course does not assume any prior knowledge of computer security and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in improving the security of their digital information.

Taught by

Arosha K. Bandara

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Jessica R
5.0 5 months ago
by Jessica completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I've taken a few different entry level cybersecurity courses and really enjoyed this one. Entry level information security concepts were balanced with opportunities to dive more deeply into the technical aspects of work in cybersecurity. Weekly tests instead of one large test at the end of the course also helped balance the pace of the course. Encouraging real-world research on past infosec events made the course feel relevant and connected to industry. I would have really appreciated some intermediate courses from the same provider to follow this one.

Note: I may be a bit biased as I work with FutureLearn, but have tried to be objective here
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Llama L
3.0 3 years ago
Llama completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is useful if you have little to no knowledge on how to protect yourself. Content and recommendations are familiar to anyone who browse a bit too much internet. Course forum does suggest it's useful for people who weren't brought up with computers, i.e. older generations.

My actual rating: older generation - 4/5, everyone else - 1/5
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Take this course if you want to get a head start in the cyber sec world. Ideal for beginners and pundits alike. Topics include strong passwords, two-factor authentication, common attacks, encryption and networking security among others. In essence, security best practices nowadays. Highly recommended.
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Anonymous
3.0 2 years ago
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I think the depth of content was appropriate for an introductory course. I found the course very easy and complete-able within 1-2 weeks.

The material covered can actually be found on any website on basic cybersecurity. If you are short on time it might be faster to read such websites than sit through the lectures.
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