Data Security (Technical)

Why this course?

This course will teach you how to manage data securely – in line with GDPR requirements – and mitigate IT risks for your organisation.

Developed by the pioneering Data Science team at the University of Southampton – ranked among the top 100 universities globally – this course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and practical skills you need to securely manage personal data – as defined in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – and effectively assess vulnerabilities and threats within your IT systems.

Taught by industry-leading experts in data science using a practical approach to learning data skills, this 6-week flexible online course will ensure you understand your legal responsibilities in managing personal data and gain the in-depth knowledge and skills you need to reduce cyber threats within your organisation.

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

Week 1: Introduction

  • The current cyber security environment
  • Business impacts and costs
  • Legal and regulatory requirements

Week 2:

  • Common vulnerabilities from CWE, OWASP, STRIDE
  • Humans in the loop, social engineering, vishing, phishing, malware, spoofing
  • Selecting appropriate controls

Week 3:

  • Risk assessment
  • Step-by-step guide to conducting a risk assessment
  • Cyber essentials scheme

Week 4:

  • Tools and techniques for vulnerability assessment
  • Introduction to Rob the Data

Week 5:

  • Rob the Data

Week 6:

  • How to communicate cyber risks to management
  • The role of incident-planning
  • Resources

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

  • Understand security governance requirements and the legal aspects of cyber security as they apply to IT systems
  • Identify the various types of vulnerabilities and threat vectors IT systems are susceptible to
  • Suggest the cyber control needed to reduce IT threat vectors
  • Understand the implications of various strategies used to mitigate a cyber-attack
  • Understand an organisation’s security architecture
  • Conduct vulnerability assessments of your organisation’s IT systems


Les Carr

Les is Professor of Web Science at the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. He’s also a Director of the Web Science Institute and former 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.


Elena Simperl

Elena is a Professor of Computer Science within the Web and Internet Science research group – part of the 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.


Rob Blair

Rob is Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. He holds an MSc Information Systems from the University of East Anglia and an MSc Web Science from the 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

Dave is Associate Professor of Computer and Web Science at the 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.

Gary Wills

Gary is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He graduated from the 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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