Introduction to Cyber Security: More free resources from The Open University

Help to protect your digital life by gaining essential cyber security knowledge and skills.

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About the course

Do you want to better understand online security and protect your digital life, whether at home or work? Perhaps you would like to be able to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you?

We've collated a range of free content for you to take your learning further with more in-depth free courses and features on this fascinating subject.

If you follow our free Introduction to Cyber Security course on OpenLearn or on FutureLearn, made in association with HM Government,In week one you explore the security threats that could affect your digital information and use of online services. You learn how to keep your knowledge of these threats up to date and start looking at how these threats relate to your own information assets and online activities. You also learn about the wider world of cyber security and how attacks can affect a variety of systems.

As you work through each week of the course, stop by OpenLearn to find articles, podcasts and plenty more so you can explore that week's topics in more depth.

To find out more about our range of short courses starting from £160 visit our short courses page.

Before you start

Take this free course on OpenLearn

Become an OU student of Computing & IT

The Open University offers a range of undergraduate courses and modules in Computing and IT as well as masters courses MSc in Advanced Networking or MSc in Computing.

Not ready for that step? Take a look at our free OpenLearn courses on this subject or go directly to our free course on Network Security.

Careers within Cyber Security

Find out more about the exciting roles within Cyber Security. 

Week one