Computer Security Awareness

LocationCavendish, Central London
FacultyScience and Technology

This one-day seminar provides a 'security awareness self-check' covering the basic concepts of IT security threats, the causes and misconceptions around them, and the foundation required to be able to follow the developments both of new threats and of new ways to protect against them.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you use computer systems daily – including websites, email, or social networking – and would like to get a basic understanding of IT security threats and their causes.

You do not need technical knowledge of how computers work and knowledge of computer programming.

Dates Duration Price  
We run this course on request for a number of people. Please register your interest. 1 day


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Course content

Threats from people

  • Types of people who threaten security
  • Parts of an organisation that can be attacked
  • Preventing an attack
  • Using the past to predict the future
  • Learning from attacks
  • The policy choice of permit or deny
  • The cost of absolute security from people
  • Profile of a computer hacker
  • Identifying the people who threaten security

Threats from malicious software

  • Types of malicious software
  • Functions of an operating system
  • How software works
  • Cost of absolute software security

Threats from targeted attacks

  • Which computers get targeted
  • How financial data are targeted
  • Cracking passwords
  • Selecting good passwords

Internet security threats

  • What information is available and where
  • Ownership of information on the internet
  • Transferring information through the internet – threats and countermeasures
  • Future threats

Security protection and misconceptions

  • Antivirus software
  • Encryption
  • Firewalls
  • Audit trails

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • differentiate between different risks depending on the source and type of risk
  • analyse your behaviour as a user of IT, and identify changes you can make to improve the security of your privacy and your organisation
  • evaluate the relative security provided by different software, hardware and policies, and understand the limitations of these
  • interpret a typical news story about a computer security threat and appreciate how the underlying risk relates to your personal and work interests

Dimitris Parapadakis has 27 years' experience in designing and developing software systems using mainly C, Java, Prolog, Visual Basic, Perl and Ruby, on Unix, Windows and Linux. He has designed and taught security subjects at Master's level, continuously since 1996, to students from all 6 continents with backgrounds that ranged from technical to business, law, humanities and arts. He currently holds a senior management role in the Faculty of Science and Technology with responsibility for learning, teaching and quality.

Contact us

Faculty of Science and Technology

Verena Bogner
Programme Administrator

+44 (0)20 7911 5000 ext 69529