Free Online Courses on Network and Cyber Security

Cybersecurity Fundamentals – Starts on May 23, 2017 on edX 

In this introduction to the field of computing security, you will be given an extensive overview of the various branches of computing security. You will learn cyber security concepts, issues, and tools that are critical in solving problems in the computing security domain.

You will have opportunities to learn essential techniques in protecting systems and network infrastructures, analyzing and monitoring potential threats and attacks, devising and implementing security solutions for organizations large or small.

Cyber Security Basics: A Hands-on Approach

Learn how to think like a hacker, but behave as a security expert.

This computer science course presents an introduction to cyber security showing different aspects of this discipline. You will learn what the main existing cyber security threats are and how to protect yourself against them. Available at edX 

Introduction to Cyber Security 

This free online course will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognize the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you. Available at FutureLearn  

Cyber Security: Protect and Defend 

Understand major concepts and strategies in cyber security.

This course provides a broad overview of cyber security concepts and practices. Starting with threat analysis and risk management, additional lessons explore core technologies such as encryption, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems. Cloud security is also featured, as are incident response, disaster recovery, and how to conduct cyber exercises. Available at Udemy 

Network Server Security – Protecting the Server and Client Computers

This course introduces you to practices and procedures for securing your computer network.

The course begins by introducing you to firewalls in a computer system and/or network. You will learn about the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model and its seven layers. The course then teaches you about the different types of firewalls. You will learn about different network access methods and technologies to help secure them. You will also be introduced to traps for hackers and isolating computers from the network with VLANs. You will learn about different protocols for securing communications within and outside the network.

Next, you will be introduced to different malicious software that can attack your computer/network. You will learn about malware, viruses, worms and more. The course teaches you about protecting your computer/network from malicious software, and what you can do to protect your email from spam and malicious intent. You will learn about Internet Explorer’s security features and how they can help protect your system. Available at Alison

Fundamentals of Network Security 

This free online course examines the fundamentals of network security and covers topics such as active and passive attacks on networks, encryption, symmetric and asymmetric key systems, authentication using certification authorities, and access control using passwords and firewalls. Available at Alison

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