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Introduction to Cyber Security

Introduction to Cyber Security

This course will allow students to learn the fundamental knowledge concerning computer security, basic cyber threats and the corresponding detection and defence techniques.  Core security concepts, terminology, technologies and professional cyber security skills will be introduced via case studies and experiments.

What you will study

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to cyberspace and cyber security: computer security, web security, operating system security, wireless/network security, mobile security, programming security.
  • Concepts and terminology of cyber security: basics of encryption and cryptography, virtual platform, cloud, protocols, hacking, malware, virus, botnets, pentest, information security practice/standards.
  • Basic coverage of security software: anti-virus software, packet sniffers, anti-spyware, intrusion detection/protection software, digital forensics software, pentest software.
  • Introductory overview of network security: types of networks, network protocols, network security and protection, VPNs, firewall configuration/maintenance, network intrusion and detection systems.
  • The human factor in security: authorisation mechanisms, usability issues, risk analysis and control, cyber-ethics, cyber bullying, social media attacks.

Course Dates


Course Delivery

This course runs for 9 weeks.  All course content and course materials will be online so students can access this asynchronously at a time which suits them best. Students are expected to spend around 4 hours a week on the taught content.


Students are assessed by three compulsory assessments:

  • A 1.5-hour test for students to demonstrate their understanding of material covered throughout the module.
  • Assignment based on the successful completion of a series of tasks or a given case study scenario. Students will produce a report (about 2000 words in total) detailing their findings of the investigation.
  • 2-hour practical test to assess the understanding of fundamental concepts and their practical application.



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