Free online cyber security course from Newcastle University

Free online cyber security course from Newcastle University

British Airways has confirmed that a recent IT glitch that affected over 75,000 travellers was caused by human error.

Newcastle University’s School of Computing Science is offering a free cyber security course. The course is open to anyone, including people already working in cyber security or IT who want to enhance their knowledge.

The free, three week online course, which begins on 20 March, will explore the latest research into cyber security and give practical advice on issues such as privacy online, payment safety and security at home.

Recent figures released by the Crime Survey for England and Wales highlighted more than two million computer misuse offences, with a sharp increase in cyber crime. And research carried out by the university last year highlighted how criminals can take as little as six seconds to work out credit card security details, leaving people open to their bank accounts being compromised. “Cyber security is a massive issue that affects everyone,” said Dr Steve Riddle, Lead Educator on the course.

A similar course that was run  in September had more than 14,000 people signing up to take part from across the globe.

The Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, In Life sessions are part of Newcastle’s University’s series of courses, which allow thousands of people at any one time access to specific online sessions. Other topics being covered on the course - which should take about three hours a week for three weeks to complete – include the safety and security of smart devices and the potential pitfalls of online data storage.

The course will also give a flavour of the work being done by Newcastle University’s School of Computing Science to anyone who might be interested in going on to the MSc in Computer Security and Resilience course, which has an international reputation for excellence.

Anyone wanting to participate in the course can sign up for free at

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