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Cybersecurity: an Introduction

Cybersecurity: an Introduction

An intensive summer programme designed to introduce students aged 19+ to the principles of Cybersecurity.

A one-week programme, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.

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Course Summary

Cyber resilient businesses are able to continue operating even when they are the target of ongoing threats and sophisticated attacks. In any organisation or country there are a wide range of systems at risk from attack from hostile agents such as financial and medical systems amongst others and with our ever growing reliance on computer systems, wireless internet, smart devices and the Internet of Things, the risks and vulnerabilities are set to grow and grow.

This course aims to provide the latest thinking on cybersecurity risk assessments and assist students in becoming conversant in security concepts and principles as well as providing students with a comprehensive grounding in types of vulnerabilities and attacks.

The course will critically consider the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches and counter measures for dealing with cybersecurity threats, set out best practice in incident response planning processes and discuss the challenges of building an information security culture along with the importance of end-user training and digital hygiene.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • How to use the knowledge, skills and principles acquired on the course to deal with the threats and vulnerabilities posed by modern cybersecurity challenges
  • How to prepare effectively for cyber attacks and have an emergency response system in place in the event of a security breach
  • How to review and critically reflect on existing cyber security risk assessments and identify improvements

Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: Cyber Security- current issues and challenges
Seminar 1: Assessing  the risks of current challenges and identifying strategies to effectively deal with the treats
Tuesday Lecture 2: Cyber security risk assessment process- tools and techniques
Seminar 2: Threat modelling and counter protection measures- critical discussion and assessment
Wednesday Lecture 3: Managing security vulnerabilities-threat and vulnerability assessment
Seminar 3: Applying  security concepts and principles
Thursday Lecture 4: Incident response planning
Seminar 4: Incident response scenario- management simulation that takes students through the incident response  planning, implementation and control process
Friday Lecture 5: Establishing, implementing and managing an information security culture. End -user security training and digital hygiene
Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning


Assessment Methods

1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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