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CybersecurityCryptographyInformation Security (INFOSEC)Security Management

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

2 hours to complete

Introduction to Information Security

4 videos (Total 17 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
The CIA Triad: Confidentiality Integrity and Availability2m
A brief Introduction to the RMIAS model5m
An introduction to knowledge areas in Information Security5m
5 readings
An overview10m
Information Security - What's that?10m
It's not just IT10m
A more comprehensive security model10m
A brief introduction to cyber security knowledge areas10m
4 practice exercises
Information and security4m
Questions around the CIA Triad6m
Derived from the RMIAS8m
End of week test10m
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Cryptography

This module introduces cryptography, which provides a toolkit for implementing the core security services upon which all information security technologies are built.

8 videos (Total 45 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
8 videos
This video reviews the physical world security services that we need to replicate in cyberspace.6m
This video introduces the core information security services and tools provided by cryptography.5m
This video explains some core cryptographic concepts and introduces two different types of cryptography.8m
This video discusses potential points of weakness in any system using cryptography.6m
This video discusses how different types of cryptography are used in `real-world' applications.7m
This video explains why control of cryptography presents society with a dilemma.8m
6 readings
Everyday Cryptography 1.1.1 and 1.1.210m
Everyday Cryptography 1.310m
Everyday Cryptography 1.5.310m
Will superfast ‘quantum’ computers mean the end of unbreakable encryption?5m
Everyday Cryptography 5.1.1 and 5.1.210m
Cryptography Wars10m
6 practice exercises
Why cryptography?2m
The cryptographic toolkit2m
Algorithms and keys2m
Breaking cryptosystems2m
Use of cryptography2m
The cryptography dilemma2m
2 hours to complete

Network and Computer Security

Information being used by computers and being transmitted through a network is susceptible to many different threats. During this week's module, you will learn how the security of information can be put at risk and what we can do to mitigate these risks.

10 videos (Total 36 min), 1 reading, 9 quizzes
10 videos
Computer Networks and Information3m
Network Security Protocols4m
Network Security Systems3m
Kinds of data2m
Authentication and Authorisation3m
Access Control3m
System Vulnerabilities3m
System Security Tools3m
1 reading
Information and Networks10m
9 practice exercises
Threats and Information2m
Network Security Protocols4m
Network Security Systems4m
Kinds of Data10m
Authentication and Authorisation6m
Access Control4m
System Vulnerabilities2m
2 hours to complete

Security Management

8 videos (Total 27 min), 3 readings, 7 quizzes
8 videos
The ISO27000 Family4m
Security Policies2m
Security Controls3m
The Risk Management Process3m
Risk Assessment2m
Regulations and legal frameworks3m
Incident Management3m
3 readings
Chapter: Introduction to Information Security and ISO2700110m
Risk Management and Assessment10m
Laws affecting Information Security10m
7 practice exercises
ISO 2700112m
Security Policies4m
Security Controls4m
Risk Management4m
Risk Assessment4m
Law and Regulations2m
Incident Management4m
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Top reviews from Information Security: Context and Introduction

By JNMay 28th 2018

This has been very informative. I am in the IT industry and this has served as a good reminder and has helped me understand some rationales behind some of the things I do on a daily basis.

By HRSep 13th 2017

The course is well explained. Can follow without any prior knowledge. Can be considered as a strong foundation for Information Security field. Highly recommended.



Professor Peter Komisarczuk

Programme Director
Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, University of London

Professor Keith M. Martin

Professor of Information Security
Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Jorge Blasco Alis

Lecturer in Information Security
Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, University of London

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