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Newcastle University Free Online Course on Cyber Security

Newcastle University is offering a free online course on Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life. The course is suitable for people who have some knowledge of cybersecurity, some IT background and an interest in finding out the state of practice in cybersecurity as well as future research directions.

This three-week free online course explores practical cyber security including privacy online, payment safety and security at home. The course will start on January 18, 2019.



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Course At A Glance

Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 3 hours pw
Subject: Cyber Security
Institution: Newcastle University and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on January 18, 2019

Providers’ Details

Newcastle University, UK, is a thriving international community of 15,000 undergraduate and 6,000 postgraduate students. The university’s mission as a world-class civic university means it applies its academic excellence to real-world challenges.

About This Course

In the modern world, information security has an influence on all of us: at home, at work, online and in life in general. Like many inventions that have gone before, the internet and the web, the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) bring with them many advantages, but also open up new possibilities for criminal activity.

So should you avoid all contact with this brave new world? This free online course presents an alternative, providing you with the knowledge to make informed decisions.

Why Take This Course?

The course will introduce you to some of the current key topics in cybersecurity research and show how they relate to everyday life. They’ll look at how the move to online storage of personal data affects privacy, how online payments can be made safely, and how the proliferation of “smart” devices affect security.

Learning Outcomes

Over the three weeks of the course, they will look at these topics from different perspectives: the user’s potential attackers and a business’s. they’ll also discuss how research underway at Newcastle University addresses these topics.

  • Privacy online: What is privacy? We begin by looking into our own beliefs and practices when it comes to giving out our data online. What is the value of our personal data to businesses? And how can you find out what information about you is readily available online?
  • Payment safety: They make payments everyday, they purchase items at the store and they purchase items online, but how secure are these payments? How safe is our money? All of the different methods of payment cash, credit/debit card, cheque and bitcoin are a trade-off between security and convenience. They will look at constantly evolving race between the payment fraud and the security measures employed to prevent fraud.
  • Security at home: With increasing numbers of autonomous, internet-enabled devices in our homes and cars, on our wrists and in our clothes, how could they be misused? And what can they do about understanding and responding to the risks and threats?


Steve Riddle

He is Computing Science lecturer at Newcastle University. He is also programme director for Newcastle’s MSc in Computer Security and Resilience.


The course is suitable for people who have some knowledge of cyber security, some IT background and an interest in finding out the state of practice in cyber security as well as future research directions.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has startthe ed, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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