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Cyber security

Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)


Develop professional skills to manage and prevent cyberattacks and crimes.

Cyber security is rapidly evolving, and professionals must keep up-to-date with the complexities of different cyber threats, as well as the different technologies under attack.

On this microcredential, you’ll learn how cyber security professionals respond to an imminent, active or recent cyber threat. You’ll explore how to go about resolving attacks and how to complete legal investigations of any potential cybercrime. 

You’ll develop skills in this exciting area using up-to-date experience from the internationally recognised Cisco certified CyberOps Associate certification.

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This microcredential is endorsed by the Cisco Networking Academy.

This microcredential will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to pass the Cisco certified CyberOps Associate certification. This certification prepares candidates to begin working with associate-level cyber security analysts within security operations centres.

Key features

  • Delivered in partnership with the worldwide online learning platform, FutureLearn.
  • Develop advanced practical skills to combat and prevent cyberattacks.
  • Endorsed by Cisco Systems, a worldwide market leader in the supply of network and security technology.
  • Complete this microcredential course in just 12 weeks.

Course summary

Study level
OU – Postgraduate
SCQF – 11
FHEQ – 7
12 weeks | 13 hours per week
Next start date
15 March 2021
28 June 2021

What you’ll learn

You’ll develop advanced practical skills using the latest version of the Cisco certified CyberOps Associate certification curriculum.

The topics you’ll cover include:

  • network concepts
  • security concepts and monitoring
  • cryptography
  • host-based security analysis
  • attack methods
  • endpoint threat analysis and computer forensics
  • network intrusion analysis
  • incident response and handling
  • data and event analysis.

By the end of the course, you’ll have learnt how to:

  • explain the purpose of different cybersecurity technologies
  • evaluate current, commonplace threats in the context of a cyber security investigation
  • investigate evidence from a cyber security incursion
  • evaluate how different security and cryptographic techniques affect a cyber security incursion
  • apply legally defensible practices to a cyber security investigation.

Professional relevance

This microcredential is designed for professionals looking to enter the growing cyber security industry, as well as those with a background in the area who are looking to upskill.

Professionals who would benefit most from the microcredential include those working in network engineering, systems support, and IT. It’ll equip you with the skills and knowledge required to pass the Cisco certified CyberOps Associate certification.

Cisco certifications are highly regarded in both the networking and cybersecurity sectors, offering certification holders and their employers a commercial and technical advantage.

On completion

You’ll be awarded 15 academic credits at postgraduate level 7. You’ll also receive a Cisco Networking Academy (Cisco Associate) Certificate of Completion.

If you pass the embedded final assessment at 75% or higher on the first attempt, you’ll receive a significant discount on the optional Cisco Associate Cyber Security Operations Exam.


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