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Data Security (Non-Technical)

Why this course?

This course will teach you how to effectively run a data security risk assessment and mitigate cyber security risks for your organisation.

Developed by the pioneering Data Science team at the University of Southampton – a global top 1% university – this course will teach you how to effectively conduct cyber security risk assessments for your organisation so that personal data – as defined in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – isn’t compromised.

Taught by industry-leading experts in data science using a practical approach to learning data skills and real-life business examples, this 6-week flexible online course will ensure you’re well-equipped with the specialist skills and knowledge you need to manage personal data securely and mitigate cyber security risks for your organisation.

The course runs over 6 weeks and is broken down into manageable weekly topics:

Week 1: Introduction

  • How cyber security is part of information security assurance
  • How to identify those perpetrating a cyber-attack
  • The importance of cyber security in a data science environment

Week 2: Common technical vulnerabilities

  • The need for cyber security
  • The top 10 vulnerabilities to an IT system
  • Background to the Cyber Essential Scheme
  • Vulnerabilities based on STRIDE methodology

Week 3: Thinking like a hacker

  • Why students are an important link in the security chain
  • How social engineering can be deployed in cyberspace
  • Methods used in social engineering
  • How to apply controls to a given scenario

Week 4: Assessing the vulnerabilities in a Web application

  • Using browser-based technologies to identify vulnerabilities
  • How to attack a commercial website reporting vulnerabilities
  • Recommending mitigation strategies for identified vulnerabilities
  • Identifying possible impact of vulnerabilities through poor site design

Week 5: Hacking assignment

  • Selecting appropriate penetration testing techniques
  • Using standard industry tools to identify vulnerabilities
  • How to successfully attack a ‘Bank’ website reporting vulnerabilities
  • Recommending mitigation strategies for identified vulnerabilities
  • Identifying possible impact of vulnerabilities through poor site design.

Week 6: Formal risk assessment and future cyber security

  • Conducting a risk assessment within your own organisation
  • Producing a risk assessment report to an appropriate standard
  • Recommending mitigation strategies for identified vulnerabilities
  • Legal and ethical aspects of cyber data security
  • Future directions of cyber security for data science

After successfully completing the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the need for security governance and the legal aspects of cyber security
  • Identify the types of cyber vulnerabilities and threats to your organisation
  • Mitigate the data security risks within your organisation
  • Identify the costs to implement various risk mitigation strategies
  • Guide your organisation through the complexities and risks of managing personal data
  • Conduct risk impact assessments for your organisation

Professor

Les Carr

Les is Professor of Web Science at University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. He’s also a Director of the Web Science Institute and Director of the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training. His research on Open Access and Open Data led to the establishment of Eprints – offering Open Access publication and data services, training and support to the research industry.

Professor

Elena Simperl

Elena is Professor in the Web and Internet Science research group – part of University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. Her primary research domain concerns the intersection between knowledge technologies and crowd computing. Elena is interested in socially and economically-motivated aspects of creating and using semantically-enabled content on the Web, and in paradigms, methods and techniques to facilitate large-scale collaboration and incentivise participation.

Doctor

Rob Blair

Rob is Senior Teaching Fellow at University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. He holds an MSc Information Systems from University of East Anglia and an MSc Web Science from University of Southampton. Qualified to teach Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Rob is a highly-experienced classroom teacher and online tutor specialising in data science.


David Millard

Associate Professor of Computer and Web Science at University of Southampton, David is a founding member of the Web and Internet Science research group within the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). He represents ECS on the steering group for the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training. David is currently Vice-Chair for ACM SIGWEB.

Doctor

Alan Rae

Alan has worked in marketing and general management in the engineering, IT and business support sectors – mainly as an owner-manager – and has started up 4 businesses since 1981. He was regional chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and sat on its Professional Body Board. His teaching is focussed on digital and entrepreneurial marketing.


Gary Wills

Gary is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at University of Southampton. He graduated from University of Southampton with an Honours degree in Electromechanical Engineering, followed by a PhD in Industrial Hypermedia Systems. Gary is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy. He is also a visiting Associate Professor at University of Cape Town and a research professor at RLabs.

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