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This Lesson defines the different types of malware and outlines the impact that each one can have on an organisation’s computer systems. It also details the different methods through which networks can be accessed, and how the related security risks can be controlled. Finally, it defines what cloud computing is and explains the different deployment models, before looking at the security requirements of an organisation’s IT infrastructure and the documentation required to support this.

Learning objectives

The objectives of this Lesson are to provide you with and understanding of:

  • The different types of malware and the impact each one can have on an organisation’s computer systems
  • Methods of accessing networks and how related security risks can be controlled
  • The security issues related to networking services, including mobile computing, instant messaging and voice over IP
  • Cloud computing deployment models and the security implications of cloud services
  • The security requirements of an organisation’s IT infrastructure and the documentation required to support this

Intended audience

This Lesson is ideal for members of information security management teams, IT managers, security and systems managers, information asset owners and employees with legal compliance responsibilities. It acts as a foundation for more advanced managerial or technical qualifications.

Prerequisites

There are no specific pre-requisites to study this Lesson, however, a basic knowledge of IT, an understanding of the general principles of information technology security, and awareness of the issues involved with security control activity would be advantageous.

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Fred Hickling
Cyber Security Trainer
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Fred is a trainer and consultant specializing in cyber security.  His educational background is in physics, having a BSc and a couple of master’s degrees, one in astrophysics and the other in nuclear and particle physics.  However, most of his professional life has been spent in IT, covering a broad range of activities including system management, programming (originally in C but more recently Python, Ruby et al), database design and management as well as networking.  From networking it was a natural progression to IT security and cyber security more generally.  As well as having many professional credentials reflecting the breadth of his experience (including CASP, CISM and CCISO), he is a Certified Ethical Hacker and a GCHQ Certified Trainer for a number of cybersecurity courses, including CISMP, CISSP and GDPR Practitioner.