Cyber Security Fundamentals

Self-Paced Online Course

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Five weeks fully online with ~6 hours of effort required each week.

Delivery mode

Online – Self-Paced



Standard price


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Take your cyber security education to the next level with the Cyber Security Fundamentals course. Fully online, this self-paced course is held over five weeks requiring ~six hours per week of effort.  This is a micro-credential course that covers the evolving cyber security threat landscape; the confidentiality, availability, integrity triad, attach surfaces & vectors; governance, risk & compliance frameworks; best practices and controls; and hands-on lab sessions.

Course content

This course maps to the following NICE Framework KSAs (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities):

K0001: Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies.

K0005: Knowledge of cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

K0011: Knowledge of capabilities and applications of network equipment including routers, switches, bridges, servers, transmission media, and related hardware.

K0019: Knowledge of cryptography and cryptographic key management concepts.

K0044: Knowledge of cybersecurity and privacy principles and organisational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation).

K0049: Knowledge of information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., firewalls, demilitarised zones, encryption).

K0110: Knowledge of adversarial tactics, techniques, and procedures.

K0113: Knowledge of different types of network communication (e.g., LAN, WAN, MAN, WLAN, WWAN).

K0160: Knowledge of the common attack vectors on the network layer.

K0161: Knowledge of different classes of attacks (e.g., passive, active, insider, close-in, distribution attacks).

K0162: Knowledge of cyber attackers (e.g., script kiddies, insider threat, non-nation state sponsored, and nation sponsored).

K0177: Knowledge of cyber attack stages (e.g., reconnaissance, scanning, enumeration, gaining access, escalation of privileges, maintaining access, network exploitation, covering tracks).

K0318: Knowledge of operating system command-line tools.

K0332: Knowledge of network protocols such as TCP/IP, Dynamic Host Configuration, Domain Name System (DNS), and directory services.

S0073: Skill in using virtual machines. (e.g., Microsoft Hyper-V, VMWare vSphere, Citrix XenDesktop/Server, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, etc.).

S0147: Skill in assessing security controls based on cybersecurity principles and tenets. (e.g., CIS CSC, NIST SP 800-53, Cybersecurity Framework, etc.).

S0242: Skill in interpreting vulnerability scanner results to identify vulnerabilities.

S0367: Skill to apply cybersecurity and privacy principles to organisational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation).

A0119: Ability to understand the basic concepts and issues related to cyber and its organisational impact.

Learning outcomes

Skills/competencies/knowledge that would be gained through this course:
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of attendance.

Who should attend

This course is well suited to IT professionals who wish to further specialise in cyber security fundamentals.

Cancellation policy

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.