The internet is part of everyone’s life, everyday. Knowing more about cyber security will help you at work and at home. The "Introduction to Cyber Security" on-line course is for anyone with an interest in cyber security!
As a Civil Servant you may be particularly interested in completing the course if you work in or with a team involved in securing our networks and the data we work with. I'll be encouraging my staff to do it since it is an important skill for us all.
"Introduction to Cyber Security" is a free online course offered by the Open University and funded by the UK Government through its National Cyber Security Programme. The Government's National Cyber Security Programme sets out an objective to improve the skills, knowledge and capability of the UK: this course is part of the Government's strategy to improve cyber skills at all levels.
The course consists of eight modules delivered over eight weeks and will cover topics such as network security, the threat landscape, cryptography, malware and risks. Each module is expected to take 2-3 hours, and you have the chance to have online discussions with other students. The course starts on 13 October.
It is available to anyone with access to the internet. No qualifications are required to enrol on the course: learners simply need an email address and an interest in the subject. The course will be offered four times a year for three years and is designed to be done at the learner's convenience.
The course is an introduction and does not lead to a formal qualification. However, it could provide the knowledge and impetus to pursue further learning in this or a related subject, and I hope many learners will be inspired to do this.
You can find out more and register for the course here:
I'd be really interested to hear what you think of this course. If you do find the time to complete it, drop me a line and let me know how you get on.