What You Will Learn
Students are taught how to recognise the various threats to systems, assess the risks these threats pose using industry standard metrics, and be able to plan and action a response. They will also learn the way that threats affect different parts of a system and the skills required to put in place mechanisms and protocols to reduce or eliminate these. They will explore the different tools available and be able to make judgements and recommendations for themselves and others. All of their skills and understanding will be reinforced by practical activities culminating in the creation of a working, fully tested and documented online platform, which is secure against common online threats. This platform can be used as evidence of their skills and understanding when applying for further studies or employment opportunities.
Accreditation: On successful completion, students will be awarded a Level 2 Certificate in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics
Total Credits required to achieve the qualification – 15
The different units look at the best tools and applications needed for this process, but also the underlying technologies and methodologies that make these possible, particularly open source and open standards. It is important to understand the systems and services, as any online activity automatically attracts attacks and potentially damaging activities such as fraud. Learners will investigate these threats and security problems and make sure that their data and information are as safe as possible by securing the platforms used. All of these practical and theoretical skills and understanding build towards creating a safe and secure online system.
UNIT 1 – Understanding of Cyber Security and Online Threats (3 CREDITS)
UNIT 2 – The Analysis and Understanding of Cyber Threats (3 CREDITS)
UNIT 3 – The Application and Deployment of Security Tools and Best Practice (3 CREDITS)
UNIT 4 – Extended Project: Defending an Online System (6 CREDITS).
Assessment Methods: This qualification will be assessed by Coursework (40%) including a practical Cyber Security Test, and Examination (60%)
Pre-requisites: No prior knowledge required, just enthusiasm.